Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences | The vehicles had their hazard lights flashing at the time of the crash. 

Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences

Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences

Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences

Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences

Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences
Family of dad and daughter killed by careless driver call for tougher sentences
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The devastated family of a father and daughter who were killed by a careless driver who avoided a jail term have launched a campaign for tougher sentences.

Valentino Coleman, 49, and daughter Olivia, 21, were killed when a Mercedes Sprinter van ploughed into their car and catapulted them into the air in October 2017.

They were answering a cry for help from Valentino’s other daughter Grace, who had broken down with a flat tyre.

They were waiting with with a recovery vehicle on Thanet Way, East Kent, when Sivananthan Mathivathanan smashed into them.

Both vehicles had their hazard lights flashing at the time of the crash.

John Sharp, 71, has now said his family are suffering ‘a life sentence’ after his son-in-law and granddaughter were killed while Mathivathanan was able to ‘go home to his family.’

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The shop owner was handed a ten-month sentence, suspended for two years, and banned from the road for three years following the crash after admitting to careless driving.

Mr Sharp said his family ‘do not feel that justice has been done’ and have launched a petition calling for tougher sentencing for death by dangerous or careless driving.

He said said: ‘For us, we have got a life sentence and he has walked away.

‘There’s probably not a day in his life that has particularly changed, whereas for us, every day has been life-changing.

‘You hear it on a daily basis, on the radio, on the television and the internet about all these stories about low sentencing, and we just think something needs to be done about it.

‘What we have been through as a family for the last 15 months or so is just indescribable, and I certainly wouldn’t want anybody else to have to go through what we’ve had to go through.

‘For us as a family to not get any recognition at all about how were feeling, it was all about the accused – his mental health issues because of the accident, that’s nothing compared to what our family has had to suffer.

‘We just think something needs to be done about it.

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‘The impact on Grace, who was at the accident, and the trauma she has had to go through in the aftermath of the accident, is a horrendous thing.

‘For us as a family to not get any recognition at all about how were feeling, it was all about the accused – his mental health issues because of the accident, that’s nothing compared to what our family has had to suffer.

‘With the petition, we certainly need to see the law changed and tougher sentencing, and the victims need to have some sort of say.’

Before his death, Mr Coleman had built up a successful hairdressing business in Maidstone and been married to wife Nicola for 23 years.

After discovering Mathivathanan lived near to her family home she was forced to sell her home and move as she was so traumatised by the loss of her husband.

If you wish to sign the petition please click here.

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