Lorry Driver on Cocaine ‘Come-Down’ Causes Fatal Crash, Receives Lengthy Sentence

Tragic Collision Due to Cocaine Influence

Bradley Simmonds, a lorry driver, collided with Luc Brou’s stationary Peugeot on the A299 near Kent, resulting in a fatal accident.

Simmonds, found to have consumed a significant amount of cocaine three days prior to the crash, failed to react or evade the stationary vehicle, leading to Mr. Brou’s devastating injuries.

Court Proceedings and Eyewitness Account

During the Canterbury Crown Court hearing, an eyewitness described the collision, mentioning the skip lorry’s failure to avoid the stationary car, causing it to explode into the air.

Simmonds initially denied causing death by careless driving under the influence but later changed his plea to guilty, admitting his involvement in the tragic incident.

Drug Influence and Consequences

Although Simmonds had no active cocaine in his system during the crash, his benzoylecgonine levels were significantly high, indicating prior drug use.

The prosecution argued that Simmonds’ withdrawal effects impaired his driving ability, leading to the fatal collision, an assessment supported by a medical expert’s evidence.

Impact and Victim’s Statement

Mr. Brou’s widow, Chandon Lolo, shared a heartbreaking victim impact statement, describing the family’s ongoing despair since losing him.

She emphasized the daily struggle and the significant void left by his absence, hoping for justice to be served and for her husband to rest in peace.

Sentencing and Judge’s Remarks

Sentencing Simmonds to four-and-a-half years in jail, Judge Mark Weekes highlighted Simmonds’ previous related convictions and the catastrophic consequences of his decision to drive while impaired.

The judge underscored the importance of all drivers, especially those handling large vehicles, being vigilant and avoiding driving under any impairing influence.

Police Statement

Detective Constable Claire Fullagar from Kent Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit emphasized the immeasurable grief caused by the incident, stressing the severe repercussions of drug use while driving.

The tragic collision serves as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences of such actions on families and communities.

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