Motorist jailed for causing the death of an 11 year old girl by dangerous driving

08/09/2017

A 77-year-old drunk driver has today (08 September 2017) been jailed for four and a half years after pleading guilty to causing the death of an 11-year-old girl by dangerous driving.

On 15 June 2017, Olivia Violet Reeves was walking from school to a bus stop on Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury intending to travel home when she was struck by a Range Rover driven by the defendant, Roger Goodall. Sadly, Olivia suffered fatal injuries and  died at the scene.

Earlier that day Goodall had bought six bottles of wine, before driving to a beauty spot in Atcham. He admitted to police that he had drunk half a bottle of wine prior to the incident. He also admitted that he had been suffering with blackouts and had not informed the DVLA of his condition as he did not believe it necessary. When interviewed he could not remember what had caused the collision.

Witnesses told the police that Goodall had driven at speed, veered to the wrong side of the road and mounted the pavement, striking a telegraph pole. A police collision investigator found that having mounted the pavement, the Range Rover struck the victim causing her to be thrown approximately 20 metres onto a parked car.

The defendant got out of the car and asked others what had happened. Before the police arrived, he asked witnesses whether he could leave the scene because he had been drinking. They persuaded him to remain. In the driver’s door pocket of the Range Rover the police later found a bottle of flavoured water that had been filled with an alcoholic drink.

The defendant was arrested and at a police station was found to be over the legal alcohol limit for driving.

At Wolverhampton Crown Court today Goodall pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, he had already pleaded guilty on an earlier occasion to driving the vehicle when above the legal alcohol limit. He has been sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years with a 27 month extension.

Anjuli Shergill, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said:

"When Roger Goodall drove his Range Rover on 15th June he knew he had been drinking and that he had previously suffered from blackouts.

"This prosecution highlights the importance of disclosing relevant medical conditions to the DVLA, as the consequences of not doing so can not only have a devastating effect on the driver as well as other members of the public.

"Whilst he has pleaded guilty to the charges, his actions have cut short the life of a bright young girl and devastated her family. Our sincere condolences are with them at this time of profound loss."