Jaguar Land Rover boss who smashed his 4x4 into oncoming car and left two young sisters paralysed is jailed for four-and-a-half-years 

  • Andrew Nay, 31, made 'absolutely ridiculous' right-hand turn across traffic
  • Had been tailgating and 'bullying' woman in a Mazda car moments before 
  • The crash left Katrina and Karlina Raiba, five and eight, with spinal injures
  • Parents said the girls ask daily: 'When will we start feeling our legs again?'
  • Nay admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving  

Jaguar Land Rover manager Andrew Nay, who smashed his company 4x4 into an oncoming car during a road rage chase paralysing two young sisters, has been jailed at Northampton Crown Court for four years and six months. 

Katrina and Karlina Raiba, aged five and eight, suffered life-changing spinal injuries when driving instructor Nay, 39, made an 'absolutely ridiculous' right-hand turn across oncoming traffic.

A court heard he was tailgating and 'bullying' a woman in a Mazda people carrier moments before the crash on the A509 near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, in October last year.

Andrew Nay
Sisters Katrina and Karlina Raiba, aged five and eight, were left paralysed

Sisters Katrina and Karlina Raiba, aged five and eight, right, were left paralysed after Andrew Nay, left, crashed into their family car on the A509 near Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, in October last year

A horrifying video taken on the family's dashcam captures Nay's white Land Rover Discovery 3 recklessly pulling out into their lane, giving father Roberts Raibais no time to swerve out of the way.

Mr Raibais and his wife Renate Raiba, who suffered broken bones in the accident, said Nay had 'robbed' their daughters of their active childhoods.

'Every day they ask "when will we start feeling our legs again?" They think it's going to get better and it's too hard to tell them.'

Claiming their lives had been changed '200 per cent', they added that they were forced to move to a new house that adapted to their needs.

Speaking after the sentencing, Mr Raibais said he felt Nay should have been banned from driving for life.

He said: 'It's good he was given this sentence and will go to prison, but it won't change what's happened or help my daughters to walk again.

'I still don't think he realises the huge damage he has caused.

'I can't understand how a driving instructor could behave that way behind the wheel. It's not a game, this has nearly destroyed my family. There is no excuse.' 

Prosecutor Matthew Howcliffe said: 'The family have been required to make changes to the lives and their lifestyle.

'Despite what has happened, both girls are making good progress.' He added that the children will now face a 'lifetime of profound disability'.

Representing the family, Richard Langton, a serious injury specialist at law firm Slater and Gordon Lawyers, said: 'Nay showed a total disregard for other people on the roads that day and these two innocent children paid the price.

'Their world has been turned upside down. He will serve time behind bars for his crime, but sadly no sentence can undo the damage caused.

'The footage is shocking to watch, but it sends a powerful message. Road rage destroys lives.'

Road rage: Nay had been chasing the driver of a Mazda people carrier when he made the 'ridiculous' turn

Road rage: Nay had been chasing the driver of a Mazda people carrier when he made the 'ridiculous' turn

 Reckless manoeuvre: Nay's white Land Rover Discovery 3 is seen pulling out in front of oncoming traffic

 Reckless manoeuvre: Nay's white Land Rover Discovery 3 is seen pulling out in front of oncoming traffic

Jailing Nay, Judge Adrienne Lucking QC said: 'This was a prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving.

'The consequences of the collision are tragic. What is clear is that the lives of this family has been changed forever. 

'This family will be extremely restricted in what they will do and where they go. No sentence I can pass will ever feel like enough for this family.' 

Nay, who worked as a driving instructor for Land Rover experience days, sat with his head bowed in the dock as sentence was passed. 

Jaguar Land Rover said in a statement that Nay was no longer an employee and the company was 'deeply saddened' by the 'terrible incident'. 

Marcus Kraehling-Smith, mitigating for Nay, said his client's actions had 'altered the lives of four innocent people' and that he was 'truly remorseful'.

Reading a letter from Nay, Mr Kraehling-Smith said: 'I am truly sorry for all the hurt, pain and devastation that I have caused to Mr Raibais, his wife and children.

'Never did I intend to cause the accident, to cause so much pain and upset. It upsets me greatly knowing that I have.

'I wake up knowing what I have done and hate myself. I wish I could change things. I know these words do nothing to help but I am truly sorry for everything.' 

Nay, of Corby, Northamptonshire, admitted four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving but denied chasing the Mazda before hitting the victims' Vauxhall Signum. 

The court heard Nay, who worked as an off-road instructor for Land Rover, had been chasing the Mazda because he believed the driver had cut him up.

Giving evidence, the female Mazda driver said Nay was aggressively tailgating and 'bullying' her as he followed her vehicle.

Mr Rowcliffe said the woman admitted putting her hand out the window and 'sticking her middle finger up' at Nay as he was 'less than a car length' away from her vehicle.

The court heard the woman overtook a Mercedes to put a car between the two vehicles but was not able to make much further progress up the road due to heavy traffic.

Seconds from disaster: The company 4x4 pulled in front of the family vehicle while making a right-turn

Seconds from disaster: The company 4x4 pulled in front of the family vehicle while making a right-turn

Moment of impact: Nay drove in front of the family car, giving the driver no time to swerve out of the way

Moment of impact: Nay drove in front of the family car, giving the driver no time to swerve out of the way

Carnage: The video captures what appears to be airbags inflating when the 4x4 smashed into the family car

Carnage: The video captures what appears to be airbags inflating when the 4x4 smashed into the family car

Fraser Hopes, the driver of the Mercedes, said Nay's Land Rover then began to tailgate him and in his rear view mirror he could see two men 'smiling' and 'having a laugh'.

Dashcam footage shows Nay later pulling out of his lane as he tried to make a right-turn, crashing into the family car. 

Witness Leslie Miller, said of the manoeuvre: 'It was absolutely ridiculous. There was no reason why it couldn't have waited.' 

In evidence,  Nay denied chasing the Mazda, saying he had noticed 'nothing in particular' during his journey and was turning towards a garden centre in his car when he crashed.

But Judge Adrienne Lucking QC rejected Nay's testimony, ruling that he crashed while chasing the Mazda.

Describing the evidence against Nay as overwhelming, Judge Lucking said the driver had 'harried' the people carrier after being prevented from leaving a roundabout on the A14.

The judge told Nay: 'I have heard evidence from a series of witnesses travelling in the same direction as the Land Rover.

'In each case their evidence was given in measured terms, without exaggeration. By contrast I found the defendant's evidence unconvincing and inconsistent.'

Devastated: Parents Roberts Raibais and Renate Raiba, pictured, suffered broken bones in the crash

Devastated: Parents Roberts Raibais and Renate Raiba, pictured, suffered broken bones in the crash

After the ruling, parents Roberts Raibais and Renate Raiba, said their lives had been 'completely shattered' by Nay's actions and that no sentence would be enough. 

They said 'Andrew Nay's reckless actions had devastating consequences for our two beautiful daughters.

'Katrina and Karlina were happy, active children and he has robbed them of that. We will never be able to forgive him.' 

Representing the family, Richard Langton, a serious injury specialist from law firm Slater and Gordon, added: 'This is one of the most heartbreaking cases I have ever had to deal with.

'Nay was an experienced driver, yet his complete disregard for other road users has left two innocent children paralysed from the waist down.

'Because of him Katrina and Karlina face a lifetime of profound disability.' 


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