Wisbech man is four times over the limit when he kills a pedestrian

PUBLISHED: 17:04 26 May 2017

Pedestrian dies after collision involving car in Wistaria Road, Wisbech. Michael Johnson is jailed. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Pedestrian dies after collision involving car in Wistaria Road, Wisbech. Michael Johnson is jailed. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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A drink driver, who was four times over the limit when he caused a collision that killed a man, has been jailed for more than six years.

Drink driver Michael Johnson, 51 who caused a collision in Wisbech where a man died has been jailed for more than six years.PHOTO: Cambs PoliceDrink driver Michael Johnson, 51 who caused a collision in Wisbech where a man died has been jailed for more than six years.PHOTO: Cambs Police

Michael Johnson, 51, was driving a Rover 75 when he collided with a pedestrian in Kirkgate Street.

The pedestrian, Arturas Matuzevicius, 49, of Lilac Close, Wisbech, died at the scene.

PC Peter Bimson said: “Johnson decided to make that journey knowing he was unlicensed and in excess of the drink drive limit.

“He showed a complete lack of regard for his safety and that of other innocent people.

“Tragically that decision led to the death of Mr Matuzevicius.

“This case demonstrates the devastating impact of drink driving.

“You are significantly more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal collision if you choose to drive under the influence of alcohol.” Johnson, of Waterlees Road, provided a positive breath test at the roadside and was arrested.

A second test at a police station showed he was nearly four times over the drink drive limit.

At Huntingdon Crown Court, Johnson pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the prescribed limit and causing death by driving whilst unlicensed.

He was sentenced to six years and six months in prison and disqualified from driving for 13 years and three months.

The incident happened on March 21.

• An East of England ambulance spokesman said: “We dispatched an ambulance crew two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance officer, and Magpas air ambulance to assist.

“Medics were on scene within two minutes of the call to treat the pedestrian but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our thoughts are with the friends and family involved.”

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