A man has been jailed after mowing down a young woman at 60mph while high on drink and drugs.
Vicky Myres, 24, sustained 66 injuries when Ajay Singh, 26, smashed into her from behind while she was out on a bike ride with her boyfriend’s mother.
She had remarked “Gosh, that car is going fast,” just moments before Singh hit her at 60mph in a 30mph area.
The prosecution told Minshull Street Crown Court how she was catapulted over the car, breaking her neck before she landed 57 metres further up Stockport Road in Timperly, Manchester. She sustained 66 injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Singh drove off, even though his windscreen had been shattered by the impact and had “nil” visibility. A few minutes later he almost collided head-on with another vehicle.
Witnesses earlier saw him weaving across the road with loud music playing, and driving “well in excess” of 70mph in the moments leading up to the crash on 27 August.
Tests later showed him to have traces of cocaine and cannabis in his system, and he also told police he had taken spice and ketamine. He was seen getting in and out of the car, unsteady on his feet and clutching a wine bottle.
Singh pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, and failing to report an accident before being jailed for eight years and banned from driving for ten years.
Vicky Myres was a keen cyclist and a florist, and she had just bought a house in Flixton, Manchester with James Crosby, her “inseparable” partner of 6 years. She was out for her weekly bicycle ride with James’s mother Sarah when the accident occurred just before 8am.
In her victim impact statement, Sarah Crosby said: “Vicky was lying there. I knew immediately she was dead. I had to tell James Vicky had died.
“He held his head in his hands and shouted, ‘No! No! No!’ And I saw the pain and anguish overcome him. To hear your grownup son sobbing is utterly heartbreaking.”
She described how he felt lost without her, without the woman he had travelled the world with, and was planning a family with. He now struggled to get through each day.
Vicky’s father, Nick Myres, said: “She was kind, loving, caring, adventurous, determined and fun. I feel older and sadder every day. I have my memories but will never have any new ones. I’m trying not to let hate and anger take over.”
The registration plate of Singh’s VW Polo came off in the collision, and he was arrested less than half an hour after the incident.
He had left his flat in Wythenshawe to drive to a hotel car park and then returned home, but he never explained the reason for the journey or his driving.
While Singh was under the drink-driving limit when blood tests were later taken in hospital, he was over the limit for drugs. It was suspected he was over the limit for alcohol at the time of the crash, but it could not be proven conclusively.
Judge John Potter said on sentencing: “The strong inference from the evidence is that I’m sure from the driving at the time you must have been significantly impaired by both alcohol and drugs.
“When she died Vicky Myres was just 24 years of age. She was a good, bright, intelligent, enthusiastic person who had the world at her feet. The hurt felt by her family is raw and immediate.”
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