A motorist who had been drinking at the wheel, using a mobile phone, and driving on the wrong side of the road has been jailed for nine years after killing a grandfather in a head-on collision.
Neville Bogg, 61, was returning from a fathers day trip to a concert at the Cambridge Corn Exchange with his daughter when Latvian Romans Krilovs, 41, ploughed into his car forcing it off the road and into a ditch. Mr Bogg died at the scene while his 31-year-old daughter Kerry Bamforth, a teacher, has been left with life-changing injuries.
Police reports say Krilovs was “stinking of alcohol” when he was pulled from the wreckage of his Volvo, and they found an open bottle of Jack Daniels in the footwell. Following the head-on collision, which happened on the wrong side of the road, it was also found on inspection that he had been on a call using his mobile phone for eight minutes up to the point of impact.
Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, said: “On the night in question Krilovs had been drinking alcohol. In the front passenger footwell was a bottle of Jack Daniels which was only three-quarters full and a bottle of coca cola.
“As well as being drunk he was using a hand held mobile phone. He made a call at 11.42pm that lasted eight minutes and 14 seconds. That call ended either seconds before or at the point of impact.”
“For reasons best known to himself he was driving on the wrong side of the road, the right hand side, the correct side for Latvia.” He added.
“Whether he was impaired by alcohol, distracted by his mobile phone or for some other reason, he was driving on the wrong side of the road.
“He drove straight into the car being driven by Mr Bogg. Mr Bogg had no chance. His Honda Civic was launched into a deep ditch on the side of the road.”
“Firefighters had to cut off the roof of the Honda Civic to get Mr Bogg, who was pronounced dead a short time later.”
Following the incident his daughter spent a week in a coma, required four life-saving operations and had her spleen, gallbladder, pancreas and part of her bowel removed, leaving her in a hospital for nearly seven weeks. She also suffered a fractured eye socket.
In her victim impact statement, Ms Bamforth said that no sentence would ever be enough.
She said: “As a result of this collision my dad died and I have been left with life-changing injuries, I will suffer from these for the rest of my life.
“We want to send a clear message to Romans Krilovs, the man who killed my dad and physically maimed me permanently.
“I am now a Type 1 Diabetic. Following the collision I was unable to eat for the best part of my stay and I had to be fed through a tube. I couldn’t even stand and the doctors told me I was lucky to be alive.”
“This man Krilovs has smashed and destroyed any sort of normal life for me…” she added.
“This man has offered no apology to us, even though he has utterly obliterated our family by his selfish actions.”
Krill’s admitted three charges of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and refusing a blood sample to be tested.
In mitigation, Neil Sands said that Krilovs had no previous convictions either here nor in his native Latvia, and was correctly insured to drive his friend’s car. He continued to say that he “came in June 2016, he had come to work legitimately and was still in the process of getting the relevant documents.”
As Judge Michael Heath jailed Krilovs for nine years he told him “These cases don’t come much more serious than this.”
“By your dangerous driving you extinguished the life of Mr Bogg and permanently damaged that of his daughter who suffered catastrophic life changing injuries.
“You had been drinking, that is clear. There was a bottle of Jack Daniels with a large amount missing in the front passenger footwell.
“For that and your refusal to allow your specimen to be tested and the way you were driving I infer you were grossly impaired in your driving by the consumption of alcohol.
“You had also for eight minutes or so leading up to the collision been using a hand held mobile phone.”
In addition to his jail sentence, Krilovs was also banned from driving for 14 and a half years, and ordered take an extended retest.
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