Uninsured driver tried to blame dead brother for crash that killed teen

Jordan White, 20, fled the scene after crashing a car into a tree, then tried to save his own skin by claiming his dead brother was behind the wheel

Jordan White was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the murder of his brother and former girlfriend
Jordan White was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the murder of his brother and former girlfriend

An uninsured driver callously tried to blame his dead brother for the crash that killed him.

Jordan White, 20, killed his brother Reece, 23, and former girlfriend Ellie Ogden-Cooper, 19, after crashing his car into a tree.

He fled the scene and when White was arrested he tried to claim that his dead brother was behind the wheel.

White did not have a driver’s license and exceeded the legal cannabis limit when he crossed double white lines on a hill to overtake an Audi.

Ellie Ogden-Cooper was thrown from the car and died in a field and his brother Reece White, 23, was found dead in the back seat.

The black Corsa, which had cloned number plates on it, was bought by White for just £400 and would not have passed its MOT as its airbags would not deploy.

The car crashed into a hedge before backing into a tree near the village of Tebworth in Bedfordshire.

The passenger, a 21-year-old man, and another passenger in the back, a 16-year-old boy, suffered serious injuries.

Ellie Ogden-Hooper was tragically killed in the incident


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Leighton Buzzard’s White appeared in St Albans Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann said: “This defendant was driving a car with 4 other people in it. It passed another car at high speed and crossed double white lines on a ridge. It was an awful bit of driving.

“He was unlicensed and crossed the line into drug use. Warnings about his driving style were ignored.

“He wasn’t insured and didn’t have an MOT. He ran away from his friends and brother and left others to help.”

His brother Reece White, 23, was found dead in the back seat


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Mr Weidmann said the crash happened just after 3pm on Tuesday 18 January this year.

He had picked Ellie up from Flitwick and his passenger in the front seat said he was “driving like a dog…”. to impress her.

He said they smoked cannabis all day and White indicated that White only had a provisional license.

A woman in an oncoming Freelander had to brake when she saw the Corsa overtake the Audi at high speed across a double white line on the hill.

Another driver behind her said White looked “really scared” as he tried to control the Corsa.

She said it swerved to try to get back in front of the Audi but spun and crashed. She went to help and noticed a strong smell of “grass”.

Audi driver Steven Arnold said: “The car shifted when it passed me. He started losing control. I could see it swaying across the street.”

He continued, “I think it spun and blew up. It almost seemed to jump and went down the ledge on the opposite side of the street. Parts of the car fell down.”

Mr Arnold and another driver, Stephen Hewitt, who stopped and tried to help Reece White in the car, are to receive a £500 High Sheriff’s award.

White and the two surviving passengers fled. The 16-year-old boy was arrested nearby.

Sniffer dogs were used and White and the passenger in the passenger seat were found hiding in a shed at ten to five that evening.

White, who suffered multiple fractures, claimed he was a passenger in the car and his brother was driving. A blood sample taken from him showed a value of 2.6 mg for cannabis – the legal limit is 2.

Ellie’s mother said her daughter, who worked as a caregiver, had everything to look forward to.

She said: “As a family we will never get over losing our beautiful Ellie. We’re in pieces. Our precious memories are all we have.”

Reece’s family said: “We are devastated by the loss of Reece. He was a well-loved son, brother and grandson.

The judge also banned White from driving for 9 years


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“He has impressed everyone he has met and leaves a void in the family that will never be filled. He will be missed forever.”

Darryl Cherrett defended that White has been in foster care since he was 12, is immature and may have ADHD.

He said: “He has to live with what he did that day. He expressed genuine regret for the pain he has caused Ellie’s family and his own.”

Judge Michael Kay QC locked him up and said: ‘I am satisfied that at times you have been speeding and showing off.

“You overtook a car on a hilltop. You had no real idea of ​​what was to come.

“With no real direction or experience driving, you would panic and oversteer and lose control.”

The judge went on to say that others stopped to help but he fled in a “cowardly manner”.

He said: “In a callous and utterly despicable way you tried to blame your own late brother for what happened.

“It’s almost incomprehensible that you tried to blame him to save your own skin.”

The judge banned White from driving for nine years.

The judge praised the two men who came to the rescue, saying: “These two gentlemen got involved and tried to save Reece White’s life.

“In a way, that should be flagged.”

He said they would each receive a £500 High Sheriff Award.

He told White: “You will spend a considerable amount of time in detention reflecting on what you have done. If you have a little decency, you will change your life.”

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