18 month jail sentence for driver of fatal Forest Road collision

The 20-year-old driver from Essex admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

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The driver of a Mini Cooper involved in a collision which killed a woman on the Isle of Wight has been jailed.

The incident occurred at around 12.46pm on 14 April 2019, when a Mini driven by 20-year-old Yaashmi Ravikumar collided with a Fiat Bravo and a bus on Forest Road in Newport, at the Betty Haunt Lane junction.

Yvonne Copland, aged 64 years and from the Shide area of Newport, was a passenger in the red Fiat and died as a result of the collision.

Other injuries
It was reported to police at the time that three other people in the Fiat sustained injuries, as well as the four occupants of the Mini Cooper and the driver of the bus – Stephen Pitman.

Ten passengers who were travelling on the bus were also taken to hospital as a precaution.

Charged in April
Following an investigation led by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, Ravikumar, of Buller Road in Laindon, Essex, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Ravikumar appeared at Newport Crown Court today (13th July) where she admitted causing death by dangerous driving, and four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

18 month sentence
She was sentenced to 18 months in a young offender’s institute, was disqualified from driving for 33 months and will be required to take an extended retest.

Sgt Jonathan Bates said:

“This was a tragic case, and we can’t stress enough to people the impact that dangerous driving can have on others.

“Our thoughts are with Yvonne’s family, Mr Pitman, and all those who have been affected by this collision.”

News shared by Hampshire Constabulary, in their own words. Ed

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Monday, 13th July, 2020 4:57pm


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8 Comments on "18 month jail sentence for driver of fatal Forest Road collision"

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I don’t wish to join the “hang ’em and flog ’em” brigade that is so busy on the other sites. Looking at the age of the driver, inexperience as a driver and as a person will have had a part in it. It is very sad though that a life has been lost, and others badly affected. However, one aspect of this terrible incident has completely disappeared… Read more »
Steve Goodman

Just one of many places on the Island road and path network which could and should have been improved at relatively little cost by now; instead, thanks to national and local poor political choice, we have a discredited, flawed, inflexible, expensive privatized system, plus additional taxpayer’s millions being spent disruptively removing a perfectly good roundabout…

Benny C
Shame this level of rebuke isn’t handed out to the smirking idiots who regard the Military Road as a legitimate raceway, or who routinely drive way too fast on our country lanes where the central white lines disappear. Aside from their lack of intelligence these drivers are all, pretty much without exception, way more optimistic about their driving skills than is demonstrated in real life. Their mechanical… Read more »

No excuses lock up and throw the key away. There is not enough of a deterrent to stop people killing others.


I wonder how all you do gooders would feel if it was a family member who had died


This is a dangerous junction located on a 60mph highway with poor sight lines . It’s a matter of time before another story appears here. Action has been delayed pending the outcome of this accident. There was a large Petition to take action here. What happens now a IOW Council ?


Unfortunately there are rules and regulations as to speed and road markings that are seemingly inflexible. Me, I would have double white lines, a speed limit and enough signs to indicate that a junction was there. This isn’t the only place on the Island that is badly marked but the IWC don’t seem interested in making enough effort to highlight the accident blackspots.

Mark L Francis

Surprised it doesn’t happen more often.