Van driver admits killing brother, three, and sister, four, in horror M4 crash


Martin Newman, 41, was driving a Ford Transit van on the M4 when he struck the vehicle in which Jayden-Lee and Gracie-Ann Wheaton were travelling. Jayden-Lee, three, and his four-year-old sister were coming home from a birthday party when tragedy struck on the motorway near Newport, south Wales. 

Gracie-Ann died the day after the crash while Jayden-Lee five days later.

Newman admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving today at Cardiff Crown Court. He’ll be sentenced on April 8, Wales Online reports.

Newman also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving in relation to injuries suffered by the siblings’ mother Rhiannon Lucas, who continues to receive treatment in hospital.

Judge Daniel Williams said: “The court extends its condolences to all family and friends affected by this awful tragedy.”

The crash happened on February 5.

Speaking previously, the siblings’ cousin Jamie Lucas, 19, said: “Unfortunately, after a week of fighting, Jayden has passed away. He was wonderful, creative and a kind soul. Turned the grey skies blue.”

Paying tribute to Gracie-Ann, Jamie, of Abergavenny, south Wales, said: “I’m just trying to wrap my head around the fact that she’s gone; it’s hard to believe.

“She was so young. She had a bright future ahead of her. She was such a wonderful child. I’m just lost for words really. How she was returning from a birthday party and all of a sudden she’s gone.

“She was very smart, she was very creative. She had a really great imagination as well. She was just fantastic to be around.”


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