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Man jailed for killing passenger after fatal head-on collision with private hire vehicle

A man has been jailed for killing a passenger in his car which collided with a private hire vehicle in West Derby in June last year.

Alex Lloyd, 26, West Derby pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured and unlicensed, and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

At around 1am on 29 June 2019, emergency services were called to Princess Drive to reports of a head-on collision involving a Ford Fiesta driven by Lloyd and a Ford S-Max private hire taxi.

A passenger in the Fiesta, 25-year-old Paul Hayes, died at the scene. A 19-year-old woman from the same car was taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries and later discharged.

Two men travelling in the S-Max private hire vehicle, aged 34 and 66, were treated at the scene for slight injuries.

Lloyd was arrested at the scene and after receiving hospital treatment himself, was charged and was today sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to seven years, four months in prison. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Sergeant Mike Clarey from the Matrix Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "Our thoughts today are very much with the family of Paul Hayes.

“There are no winners in this case. A young man has lost his life, a young woman has suffered serious injury, and now Lloyd’s actions that day have led to the loss of his liberty.

“The manner of his driving that morning left one man dead and several others injured, but it could so easily have been worse.

“Lloyd has been left in no doubt about the consequences of those actions, and I hope he will reflect on the impact he has had on Paul’s family, the family of the other injured people, and his own.

"Although no sentence, however long, can ever bring Paul back, I hope it gives his family some sense of closure and allows them to now focus on the love and happiness Paul brought them in life.

"I would also like to thank his family and the other victims for the courage and patience they have shown throughout what is an arduous and difficult process, and also to the team of officers and Crown Prosecution Service who helped bring Lloyd to justice.”

Image credit: Merseyside Police


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