A Wolverhampton motorist has been jailed for almost seven years after killing a man and badly injuring his partner as they crossed the road.
Daniel Bracher drove his red Peugeot 207 the wrong side of a keep left bollard and pedestrian refuge on Parkfield Road at 10mph above the 30mph speed limit as the couple crossed the road just before 7am on the morning of 12 December last year.
Sadly the 43-year-old man died at the scene and his 55-year-old partner was severely injured. She continues to receive treatment for life-changing injuries and will require further operations for some time to come.
Bracher remained at the scene of the collision and was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
On 17 December, at Wolverhampton Crown Court, the 23-year-old of Bilston, admitted both offences and was jailed for six years and nine months for death by dangerous driving and three years for causing serious injury to run concurrently.
He will be banned from driving for more than seven years on his release and will be required to sit an extended retest before being allowed behind the wheel again.
Sergeant Dean Caswell, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Driving on the wrong side of the road is inexcusable under these circumstances and the cost in this case was high.
“It took just seconds to make a bad decision and a life was lost.
“Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the man who died and also his partner who, not only has to deal with her own grief, but faces considerable treatment for her injuries."