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AMENDED: Man convicted of causing death by careless driving – Maidenhead

News   •   Jan 09, 2019 10:20 GMT

A man has been sentenced to a total of three years’ imprisonment for causing death by careless driving.

Samuel Powell, aged 30, of Sycamore Close, Maidenhead, was sentenced on Monday (7/1) at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty to one count of causing death by careless driving.

As well as a custodial sentence, Powell was also banned from driving for four years and six months.

On 20 January, 2018, the victim, Mark Simpson, aged 52, was riding his bicycle along Harvest Hill Road.

Powell, who was driving a Ford Fiesta, hit Mr Simpson from behind and knocked him off his bicycle.

Mr Simpson suffered traumatic head and chest injuries which led to his death six days later.

Powell did not immediately stop at the scene and although he passed a breath test, he failed a drugs wipe, showing a positive reading for cocaine and cannabis.

A blood test also revealed that had the metabolite BZE at almost twice the prescribed limit in his system.

Powell was charged with the offence on 12 May, 2018.

Investigating officer, PC Joy Jarvis, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, based at Three Mile Cross, said: “This was a tragic incident which caused the death of Mr Simpson.

“It highlights the devastating consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs.

“Because of Powell’s irresponsibility in choosing to drive while under the influence of drugs, Mr Simpson has lost his life.

“I hope that this case serves as a warning to others of the dangers of drug driving.”

JA

NOTES TO EDITORS: Address of Samuel Powell amended to Sycamore Close, Maidenhead, not Sycamore Road.