Terry Lee Majors, a drug-driver, has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving. The incident occurred in July 2021, when Majors lost control of his Ford Fiesta while driving on the A27 at Pevensey. He was in a jealous rage after seeing another man look at his passenger’s Instagram account. The impact of the crash caused the death of his passenger, Cheryl Brookes, aged 35, from Bexhill.
Majors, who was driving at high speeds, veered off the road into trees. Witnesses described his erratic and dangerous driving between leaving the hotel and the collision, which included overtaking and undertaking other vehicles at high speed.
Cheryl’s family described her as a “kind-hearted, caring and loving person, always there for people and always putting others before herself.” Her brother William Brookes, 38, of Eastbourne, thanked the emergency services who responded to the incident.
Majors was injured and taken to hospital, where a blood test showed he was over the limit for cannabis. He appeared before Lewes Crown Court, where he admitted causing death by dangerous driving. In addition to the prison sentence, he was disqualified from driving for five and a half years.
PC Dave Symonds from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit highlighted the dangers of driving while over the prescribed limit for drugs and the responsibility of drivers to drive safely to protect other road users, themselves, and their passengers. He urged drivers to remember the “fatal five,” which are the five main causes of fatalities on the roads. By driving safely, drivers can help prevent tragic incidents like the one that claimed Cheryl’s life.