Drug driver jailed after fatal collision with cyclist in Wickford

A driver had taken drugs before getting behind the wheel and colliding with a cyclist on a busy dual carriageway.

The victim, Ben Greenslade, died following the collision with a van on the A127 in Wickford on September 2, 2018.

The driver, David Hanson, had struck the 30-year-old’s cycle from behind.

He was tested at the roadside for drugs, which showed as positive for cocaine and cannabis.

A forensic pharmacologist found Hanson would have been significantly intoxicated with dihydrocodeine – an opiate painkiller – at the time of the collision.

He may also have been intoxicated with cocaine, cannabis and morphine.

Following an extensive investigation by detectives, Hanson, 44, of Seal Road, Sevenoaks, appeared at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on February 27 this year.

He appeared at Basildon Crown Court on Friday July 10, and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Hanson was sentenced to 28 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for three years, he will have to take an extended retest to get his driving licence back.

Investigating officer, Sergeant Sam Nason, of the Serious Collisions Investigations Unit, said: “This is another tragic case of how someone has sadly died following a collision that involved a drug driver.

“Hanson’s actions have left a family devastated with a family losing a son and a brother on one of the county’s roads.

“While Hanson may have admitted the offences, he can’t repair the damage he has caused.

“I hope today’s outcome offers some form of justice to Ben’s family.”

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Mick Ferris

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