Shocking moment 'showing off' van driver hits OAP while overtaking

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Watch: Moment van driver hits OAP after overtaking while 'showing off'

This is the shocking moment a pensioner suffered fatal injuries in a head on collision with a white van man who was overtaking while “showing off”.

Aron Hicks, 28, was overtaking "for no reason" when he smashed into Brian Hunt, 78, who died in hospital shortly after the collision near an Oxfordshire village.

Dashcam footage showed him ploughing into Brian on the A417 near Cholsey at around 8am on 4 May last year.

Hicks was jailed for three years and four months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

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Dashcam footage captured the moment a driver ploughed head-on into a pensioner's car. (SWNS)
Dashcam footage captured the moment Aron Hicks ploughed head-on into Brian Hunt's car. (SWNS)

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Prosecutor Andrew Jordan told Oxford Crown Court that Hicks was behind the wheel of his white van on the way to work.

The video showed him overtaking one car on the A417 before trying to overtake a second.

Hicks, who may have been over the 50mph speed limit, pulled onto the opposite side of the road as he approached the crest of a hill.

He was unable to see Hunt’s Honda Civic until too late, hitting it head-on.

The court heard that there was no reason for Hicks to have made the dangerous manoeuvre.

The painter and decorator was on his way to work but was in no rush.

Hicks suggested to the probation officer who wrote a pre-sentence report that he was “showing off”, although as he was alone in his van and it was unclear to whom he was doing so, the court heard.

Brian's widow Susan Hunt, who had been married to him for 54 years, said in a victim statement: “Words cannot express the pain and anguish that family, our friends and I have endured since the death of my husband Brian.

“He did not deserve to die in this way. Aron Hicks took my husband’s life.

''He will never understand the effect he’s had on our family. It is unimaginable and unpardonable.”

Aron Hicks, 28, was jailed for more than three years. (SWNS)
Aron Hicks, 28, was jailed for more than three years. (SWNS)

Brian's son Stuart said in his statement that it felt as if the “heart of the family has been literally ripped out”.

His brother, Stephen, said directly to his father’s killer: “You took my dad away from not just me that day, but my whole family and our friends far too early. He had a life to live.”

In his own letter to his victim’s family, Hicks added: “I know that no amount of apologies or condolences can make this situation any better for you all.

"I can only begin to imagine the depth of your shock and grief.

"Knowing that my actions have caused this pain will be my life’s biggest regret.”

Hicks was banned from the roads for three years and eight months and must pass an extended retest.

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