Motorist jailed for two years for causing the death of jogger by careless driving

21/01/2016

A 21-year-old motorist who pleaded guilty to causing the death of a jogger by careless driving has today been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and disqualified from driving for two years at Warwick Crown Court.

On 7 April 2015, Leonard Gaskin was jogging along the edge of the B4109 Coventry Road, Bulkington in Warwickshire.

Heading in the same direction was Matthew Fury driving a BMW 520 saloon car.

At about 21:46, the defendant's car collided with the victim Mr Gaskin's. Aware that he had hit something, Fury drove home and informed his parents.

Paramedics arrived at the collision site, but Mr Gaskin was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Following a police investigation, Fury was identified as the driver of the BMW and was arrested at his home address.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Mathew Fury was heading home along the B4109 Coventry Road whilst using his mobile phone when he failed to observe Leonard Gaskin who was jogging along the edge of the road in the direction of the flow of the traffic carrying a small torch.

"Following the collision, rather than stopping and to ascertain what had happened, Fury drove home, leaving the victim at the side of the road.

"He was eventually identified as the driver, arrested and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

"We would like to remind all road users of the danger of using a mobile phone while driving and to remain vigilant at all times when using the public highway."