Drink-driver jailed after wiping out family in horror smash

A drink-driver has been jailed for 10 years and 10 months.

Drink-driver jailed after wiping out family in horror smash. The man hit a family who were out walking on Father’s Day. Joshua Flynn, 37, his son Coby-Jay, 15, and daughter Skylar, 12, had been out as a family when the horrific accident occurred.

The drunk driver, David Logan, 45, had to be pulled from the wreckage of his Peugeot 206 after it hit a tree seconds afterwards.

He was slurring his words and could hardly walk straight. Preston Crown Court heard how all three were killed along with their pet dog Troy at the scene. Logan pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving on the 21st June 2020.

In his defense he said he had coughing fits that caused him to black out, however the judge said if that was the case he should not have been driving.

As the judge, Mr Justice Hilliard, passed sentence he said “He’s proceeded as though the road traffic rules simply did not apply to him. In continuing to drive the defendant must have known he was putting the safety of others at serious risk.

I have no doubt the defendant must have known he should not have been driving a car at all until his condition had been diagnosed and treated.” He also received a 16 year driving ban along with his prison sentence.

Emma Kehoe, prosecuting, explained to the court how Logan lost control of his vehicle on the afternoon of Father’s Day in Dalton. She said “This caused him to mount the kerb, he went on to the pavement and collided with three people and the family dog, walking along the pavement.”

Logan broke an arm in the accident and was taken to hospital where his blood was taken and the discovery made he was very much over the legal drink-drive limit. When he was asked at the scene if he had been drinking he said “F**k off”.

Another driver who helped at the scene, Darren Burn, said in a statement “I kept asking him, ‘Do you know what you have done?’ The defendant did not even look over at the people he had hit.”

Logan had a “catalogue of offending” relating to multiple convictions for drink driving going back 20 years. James Hayworth, mitigating, read out a letter from Logan in court. It said “I can’t apologise enough for what happened. I’m sorry for hurting so many people.”

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