Dangerous driver jailed for causing death of 13-year-old Jeremy Tombs in A413 crash

Philip Mentos
Philip Mentos

A dangerous driver has been jailed for three years after he admitted causing the death of 13-year-old Jeremy Tombs and seriously injuring his mother.

Philip Mentos, 29, was driving a VW Golf on the A413 near Weedon on October 4, 2015, when he smashed head-on into a Vauxhall Corsa driven by Dorothy Tombs, 54.

Jeremy Tombs was killed in the crash last October

Jeremy Tombs was killed in the crash last October

Her son Jeremy, who lived in Winslow and was a pupil at Sir Thomas Fremantle School, was in the passenger seat at the time and died at the scene.

She spent two months in hospital with a broken hip, broken arms and broken ribs.

On Monday, Mentos, of Monarch Street in Aylesbury, was sentenced to 36 months’ imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving.

He was also sentenced to two-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and disqualified from driving for four years.

Investigating officer, PC Julia Stroud from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Mentos has pleaded guilty to the offences and taken responsibility for his actions, but there is nothing that can change what has happened.

“On behalf of Thames Valley Police, I would like to again extend our condolences to the Tombs family for their tragic loss and commend them for their bravery throughout the investigation and legal process. Our thoughts remain with them at this incredibly difficult and sad time.”