Drhgged-up driver Hassan Hussain has been jailed after knocking over and killing a man when travelling twice the speed limit.
Hussain, aged 26, was travelling along Horninglow Road in Burton shortly before 10.30pm on January 22 last year when his Audi A5 struck 33-year-old Martin Povolny.
Martin, from Burton, was on his way home at the time and, despite the best efforts from the emergency services and passers-by, was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) found Hussain was travelling at 64mph – twice the legal limit of 30 – just seconds before the crash.
Having been struck by the car Martin was then dragged over 50 metres. Hussain drove off only to hand himself in an hour later.
Hussain, of of Branston Road, in Burton, has now been jailed for 52 months after pelading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving during a hearing at Stafford Crown Court.
He has also been banned from driving for 62 months and ordered to take an extended retest.
Judge Michael Chambers – who told the court Hussain was under the influence of cannabis at the time of the collision – said: “Martin died tragically and unnecessarily. His death was avoidable.”
Sergeant Richard Moors from the SCIU has welcomed the sentence.
He said: “This is an absolutely shocking example of driving. Hussain carried out an overtake near to the scene of the collision in the face of oncoming traffic.
“He then accelerated to over double the speed limit, giving him no time to react to Martin who was simply crossing the road.
“CCTV showed Martin looking in the direction that Husain was coming from but he clearly couldn’t have anticipated the excessive speed the Audi was travelling at.
“Hussain has ruined the lives of those who knew and loved Martin. His callousness in not stopping meant he had no idea what injuries his appalling driving had caused to Martin.
“I would implore drivers to observe speed limits, particularly in residential streets”.