A young woman has faced a driver in court as he was jailed for six years for killing her boyfriend in a drink driving accident.
Her 21-year old partner who lived with her and her mother died on April 14, 2017. They had been planning to go on holiday together, but the drunk driver hit his car the night before they were due to leave.
Nottingham Crown Court heard how the defendant, 23, from Melton Mowbray, was found to be two-and-a-half times the legal drink drive limit.
The defendant, who had attended the same college as his victim, originally told police that he had drunk one pint of lager and a shandy prior to the crash.
On further interview, however, the man said he had drunk three pints of lager, and on being questioned again, said it might have been four.
The victim’s girlfriend said: “It is overwhelming to me that so many families have to experience the grief I have over the past nine months,
“Greater awareness about the effects of drink driving is the key way to limit deaths on the road. There is no excuse for drink-driving; it creates a feeling of overconfidence, making judging distance and speed more difficult.
“It also slows your reactions, so that it takes longer to stop. It is too late to save my boyfriend but let these events be a tragic demonstration of why drink drivers should face greater penalties to deter people from getting into the car after they’ve consumed alcohol.”
The victim’s grandmother said outside the court: “If you just stopped and thought, before you drive after a drink…that you might kill someone, you probably wouldn’t do it. But there are some idiots who would still do it.”
Detective Sergeant Adam Cooper, of the serious collision investigation unit, said: “Drink-driving is absolutely unacceptable in any circumstances and the consequences are horrific for all those left picking up the pieces.”
“Sadly, a young man has had his life cut short as a result of [the defendant’s] completely reckless decision to get behind the wheel that evening and the family have to live forever the heartache and devastation he caused.
“His death was completely avoidable. People have a responsibility to not drink and drive and have to expect to face the consequences like [the defendant] is now doing.
“I would encourage family and friends to challenge strongly those that do take the risk, reporting those that still choose to drive to the Police. There is never an excuse to put lives at risk.”
After pleading guilty to drink driving and causing death by dangerous driving, the man was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from driving for eight years.
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