A drunk driver that caused the death of a groom-to-be in Staffordshire, just two days before Christmas, has been jailed for almost ten years.
Marius Mihai, 36, was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison at Stafford Crown Court on Monday. He had earlier admitted to dangerous driving that caused a crash at Wall Island roundabout in Lichfield at 10:20 p.m. on December 23, 2022.
Richard Allen, who was due to get married on New Years’ Eve, was killed after his Ford Fiesta was hit by Mr Mihai’s VW Passat.
Police said that Mr Mihai had been driving in excess of 110 mph immediately before he hit the 33-year-old.
Mr Mihai, of Walsall, had been under the influence of alcohol and was speaking on a WhatsApp phone call at the time.
Marius Mihai, 36, was sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison at Stafford Crown Court on Monday
Richard Allen, who was due to get married on New Years’ Eve, was killed after his Ford Fiesta was hit by Mr Mihai’s VW Passat
He has also been banned from driving for 137 months.
PC Matt Brailsford, from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘Mihai drove at a dangerous speed, whilst intoxicated and whilst using his mobile phone. If he was driving responsibly, this avoidable incident wouldn’t have happened.
‘His actions have devastated the family of Richard and our thoughts are still very much with them as they continue to come to terms with their tragic loss.
‘No sentence will ever be sufficient for the family but I hope that Mihai understands that his actions have consequences, and in this case, tragic ones.
‘Speed, alcohol and mobile phone use are three of the four main reasons for fatal collisions. I would implore people to ensure they drive safely and responsibly so that families like that of Mr Allen do not have their lives destroyed.’
A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police added: ‘The driver of the Fiesta, Richard Allen from Lichfield, who was 33 at the time, sadly died at the scene. He was due to get married on New Year’s Eve. Mihai was arrested in connection with the incident and questioned in custody.
‘Specialist officers analysed CCTV footage and found that he was driving on the A5 in excess of 110mph immediately before the collision happened. Mihai was also under the influence of alcohol and engaged in a video WhatsApp call at the point of the collision.’
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