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Drunk driver is jailed over death

Adam Taylor's family at his graveside
Adam Taylor's mother said his death had "destroyed" the family

A driver who was over the alcohol limit and had taken cocaine has been jailed for killing his passenger in a crash.

Lewis Hardy, 21, of Featherstone Drive in Eyres Monsell, Leicester, caused the head-on crash in which Adam Taylor, 18, died, on 27 September 2008.

The court heard Hardy had spent the night at a party. He was jailed for five years at Leicester Crown Court.

He had earlier admitted causing death by careless driving while drunk, uninsured and disqualified.

It's ripped our family apart
Adam Taylor's mother Julie Adams

The crash happened in early morning fog in Newton Lane, Wigston.

Hardy clipped the kerb, veered into an oncoming car and overturned, killing Mr Taylor.

The court heard it was victim's car but he decided not to drive it as he was over the limit.

Judge Simon Hammond said Adam Taylor's family had been utterly devastated by his death and Hardy, who tested positive for cocaine, should never have been driving.

He said the crash was compounded by the fact Hardy had taken drugs.

Adam Taylor's mother Julie Adams said: "The message that I could give to anybody else is please don't [drink and drive] because it's not just the death of the person, it destroys a whole family.

"It's ripped our family apart."

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