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New year's drunk driver jailed

A drunk driver who killed an innocent pedestrian in the early hours of new year’s day has been jailed.

Drunk driver jailed for New Year death

Valdis Labeckis Credit: Kent Police

A drunk driver who killed a pedestrian in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been jailed.

Valdis Labeckis, 21, of Old Tovil Road, Maidstone, was driving a BMW 320 when he lost control and struck 34 year old Paul Carwithen and his girlfriend Maria Cook in Postley Road, Maidstone.

Mr Carwithen died at the scene while his girlfriend was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Labeckis was treated for minor injuries.

Appearing before Maidstone Crown Court, Labeckis pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison. Half of the sentence will be served on licence.

Insp Martin Stevens said: "This case is heart breaking. Paul was an innocent man who was out seeing in the new year with his girlfriend and they were nearly home.

"A loving family have lost an honest man through Labeckis’s dangerous driving and criminal behaviour, whilst Maria sustained multiple fractures in her legs, and in one leg alone had over 50 fractures.

"Labeckis has now got a long jail term to consider the pain and grief that he has caused so many people."

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