A drug driver who admitted causing a fatal road traffic collision near Blandford that resulted in the death of a motorcyclist and his wife has been jailed for five years.
Jamie Patrick Myers, aged 25 and of Donhead St Mary near Shaftesbury, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court today, Friday 5 January 2018, after admitting to charges of causing death by driving without due care and attention while over the specified limit for a controlled drug.
He was also banned from driving for five-and-a-half years.
At 3.35pm on Sunday 2 April 2017 Myers’ Ford Escort was travelling toward Shaftesbury on the Higher Shaftesbury Road when he turned right toward Compton Abbas Airfield, directly into the path of an oncoming Kawasaki motorcycle.
As a result of the collision, the rider of the motorcycle Sid Samways and his wife Barbara, who was a pillion passenger, were thrown from their vehicle.
Mr Samways, aged 74, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision as a result of injuries he sustained. Mrs Samways was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries. She sadly died in hospital four days later.
Myers was treated by paramedics at the scene and provided a positive drugs wipe, which indicated the presence of cocaine in his saliva.
He was taken by ambulance to Salisbury Hospital and treated for injuries he sustained in the collision.
When he was discharged, Myers was taken to Bournemouth Police Station where a blood sample was obtained. This was later analysed and revealed the presence of 211 micrograms of benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, per litre of blood. The prescribed limit is 50 micrograms per litre of blood.
Myers’ driving licence had been revoked by the DVLA on 13 March 2017 after he amassed six penalty points during his ‘new driver’ period. A letter was sent to Myers informing him of the revocation, which was found unopened in his car during a subsequent search.
Police Constable Jay Griffin, of Dorset Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: ‘This case demonstrates the tragic consequence of driving while under the influence of drugs.
‘As a result of Myers’ actions, a much loved couple have lost their lives and a whole family has been left devastated.
‘Dorset Police is committed to ensuring the safety of every road user in Dorset and will do all we can to identify those who are putting others at risk by drinking or taking drugs and getting behind the wheel and ensure they are brought to justice.’
Mr and Mrs Samways’ family said in a statement: ‘We would like to thank all members of the emergency services, the NHS staff and the wider community for the support we have received.
‘We would like to remind people of the dangers of driving after taking drugs as we do not want another family to have to suffer a similar loss.’