Woman told sister before Pontllanfraith crash: ‘We’re dead’

Before their fatal collision, a woman told her sister, “Rose, we’re dead.”

The 22-year-old admitted that his reckless driving resulted in Katie Mochan, Brenda’s 30-year-old daughter, suffering a serious injury.

Katie, whose injuries changed her life, attendeGeraint Blackman was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison after entering a guilty plea to reckless driving on May 8, 2021, which resulted in the deaths of Brenda, 52, and Rosemary Mochan, 50.d the sentencing.

Brenda Mochan told her sister, “We’re dead Rose,” just before the collision, Cardiff Crown Court was informed.


Blackman, a 20-year-old bus driver from Part Street in Blaina, Blaenau Gwent, was involved in the collision.

The court heard that at just before 19:00 BST, the red Vauxhall Astra he was driving smashed head-on into a Ford Fiesta on the A4048 in Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, in Caerphilly county.

It is estimated the Astra was travelling between 72-79mph (116-127km/h). That part of the A4048 has a 50mph limit.

Excessive speed and illegal worn-out tyres caused Blackman to hydroplane and lose control.

His vehicle hit a barrier and crossed the carriageway.

Witnesses recalled the two cars “bouncing away” from each other after the impact and dashcam footage of the crash was played in court.

Both sisters died of multiple injuries at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.

In a victim impact statement, Katie Mochan said: “Nothing in this world can change this nightmare we are living in.

“It affects me every day of my life.”

Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke KC said: “You have ripped the heart out of a close loving family.”

She said Blackman would be released on licence after serving half his sentence.

He was disqualified from driving for 10 years and nine months.

Blackman’s barrister told the court the defendant was “profoundly sorry”.