13th Apr, 2021

Dad's anger at 'Fast and Furious' lifestyle of driver who killed daughter

Rob George 6th Nov, 2020

A GRIEVING father has slammed the ‘Fast and Furious’ lifestyle of the 21-year-old man who killed his daughter.

Colin Johnson penned the emotional message days after Euan Short was jailed for five years for causing the death by dangerous driving of Nicola Johnson, 30.

Short was jailed at Worcester Crown Court on October 30 after earlier admitting the charge of causing the death of the mother of two.

The court heard how Short, from Flyford Flavell, crashed his Audi A3 into Nicola’s Ford when he lost control of his car while speeding at more than 85mph on the 60mph A422 between Flyford Flavell and Inkberrow at about 9.20pm on August 2 last year.

Speaking after Short was jailed, Nicola’s heartbroken father spoke out in a bid to force others to ‘rethink before performing crazy stunts on the road’.

Mr Johnson admitted it was difficult to read out the family’s victim statement but wanted to do so to ensure his daughter’s had someone there with a voice on her behalf.

“It was difficult to hear of a reckless young man’s prior driving habits where he had been warned by police but then still went on to video himself doing 120mph from the drivers seat down on a country road only weeks before the accident,” Mr Johnson said.

The devastated father revealed the family went out to look for her after she failed to send a message to say she was ‘home safe in her PJs’ only to be stopped by the police yards from the scene to be told she had died just up the road.

“We were so close but so helpless – we have been living in another dimension since that night, it’s the dimension that always happens to someone else,” Mr Johnson said.

“We’d like to thank the witnesses that came forward to help the very thorough police investigation, and the people who tried to help her after coming across the scene which has been described as ‘catastrophic’ which must have been traumatic for them to witness.

“Mercifully our Nicola died instantly from injuries too horrific to detail here.”

“While we are pleased justice has been seen to be done and our Nic was entirely blameless – just in the wrong place at the wrong time, surely it is wrong that at 20-years-old a young man with bad driving history can legally drive a high performance car with the only limitation being how much you or your family can pay?

“Nicola leaves our Johnson family devastated and her two little girls with an uncertain future after the fake Fast and Furious crashes of the cinema and video games became a reality and she died,” he added.

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