Driver jailed for causing the death of his passenger by careless driving


A motorist, who was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when his car collided with a wall, has been jailed to 14 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of his passenger by careless driving.

On 3 June 2014, Jamie Wharton, aged 30, from Brierley Hill was the driver of a Nissan Skyline GTR. With him in the car was 24-year-old Timothy Pearson who was in the front passenger seat.

The defendant drove his car at speed along St Peters Road, Netherton carrying out dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. As a consequence of his dangerous driving Wharton lost control of his car colliding with a garden wall of a residential property.

Members of the public came to the aid of the defendant and his passenger. Wharton was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by paramedics, but Mr Pearson sadly died at the scene.

An analysis of the defendant's blood established that at the time of the collision, he had alcohol, cocaine and cannabis in his system.

He pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court to causing death by careless driving.

Emily Lenham, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Jamie Wharton was driving a high performance car whilst under the influence of alcohol and prohibited drugs. He drove at speed and carried out dangerous and inappropriate overtaking manoeuvres, and it was during one such overtaking manoeuvre that he lost control of his car and collided with a wall, killing his passenger, Timothy Pearson.

"This prosecution shows the tragic consequences of driving at speed when under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Pearson."