Cameron Bryce, 23, of Thrapston, caused a crash which led to the death of Sam Morris, a 32-year-old father of three from Wisbech.

On November 17, 2022, Bryce was driving a blue Ford Transit at around 7:30am on the A43 southbound between Bulwick and Blatherwycke when he crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

Bryce collided with a silver DAF truck, causing it to veer into the southbound carriageway where it crashed with a white Ford Courier van, which then crashed off the road.

The driver of the Courier van, Wisbech man Sam Morris, 32, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bryce was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A drugs test revealed that Bryce, of Arundel Close, Thrapston, had both cocaine and cannabis in his system at the time of the crash.

Bryce was then charged with one count of causing death by driving without due care/consideration while unfit through drugs.

He appeared before Northampton Magistrates’ Court on August 4, 2023, on this charge, and was remanded in custody ahead of a planned trial at Northampton Crown Court.

The driver of the lorry Bryce had hit on the A43 was experiencing significant mental trauma as a result of what had happened.

Bryce went on to be charged with one count of causing serious injury by careless/inconsiderate driving in relation to the psychological harm caused to the HGV driver.

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On October 4, 2023, at Northampton Crown Court, Bryce went on to enter guilty pleas to both charges after making a submission that he had not taken cocaine or cannabis on the morning of the collision, but had done so the night before.

At his sentencing hearing at the same court on January 31, Bryce was jailed for five years and seven months for causing Mr Morris’ death.

He was also disqualified from driving for nine years and five months, and will have to pass an extended test in order to regain his licence.

His driving record was also endorsed, and he was ordered to pay a £228 surcharge.

For the charge of causing serious injury by careless/inconsiderate driving, Bryce was given a further 15 months, to be served concurrently, and disqualified from driving for three years, also concurrent.

Mr Morris’ partner Katie Stone wrote in her victim personal statement how her family’s ‘whole world has been changed forever’ by his death.

She said: “The pain we have suffered is excruciating… November 17, 2022, was the worst day of my life. My heart is heavier than I could ever imagine.

"Knowing Sam will never come home is unbearable.

“I regularly cry just for him and what he has lost.

Those moments remind me how much Sam gave to me, not only as a mother but as my life partner, my soulmate.

"He was my best friend and I miss all the simple things with him.

“Our three beautiful daughters have lost a direct caregiver, a person who loved and supported them with all his heart, and who nurtured and provided for them and was ready to guide them through their lives.

"Sam’s death has left a hole in our hearts that will never be filled.”

Addressing Bryce, she added: “You have forever etched a pain in my children that no matter how hard I try I’ll never remove, and for that I’ll never forgive you.”

In her victim personal statement, Mr Morris’ mum Debbie Morris wrote: “[November 17] is the day when our whole lives were turned upside down forever.

My beautiful, funny, hardworking boy was killed. Sam and his brother Billie are our world and Sam has been taken from us."