A speeding motorist who caused the death of a 75-year-old man by dangerous driving, had already been banned twice before.
24-year-old Thuran Miah, has been jailed for three and a half years for causing the death of Harry Davies.
The 75-year-old 'beloved grandad' had been walking home from the pub in Accrington when he was hit in November 2019.
Mr Davies' family said: "Harry was just crossing the road, minding his own business."
David Traynor, prosecuting, told Burnley Crown Court that Miah was driving between 53mph and 61mph when he struck the pensioner as he crossed Blackburn Road, Accrington, at 4.45pm on Saturday 2nd November 2019.
The area was dark, busy with traffic and the weather was rainy, Mr Traynor said.
Mr Davies had been out with friends and was on his way home. He got off the bus in Blackburn Road and waited 19 seconds for a gap in the traffic, before stepping into the road.
"It would have been a suitable gap if the defendant had been driving at an appropriate speed", Mr Traynor said.
Miah was accelerating away from a speed camera when he saw Mr Davies and slammed on his brakes. However he was already going too fast to stop and ploughed into the pensioner, causing him catastrophic injuries.
He admitted causing Mr Davies' death by careless driving but was convicted of the more serious offence of causing death by dangerous driving following a three-day trial at Burnley Crown Court.
Mr Traynor told the court Miah has no previous criminal convictions but has a string of motoring offences to his name. In 2018 he received four points and a fine for speeding in a 30mph zone and a few months later he was banned for 14 days after police followed him driving at 119mph on the motorway.
In 2020 he was banned for six months after being convicted of driving without insurance and failing to give the identity of a driver who had committed an offence. In 2021 he was handed another three points and fined £440 for driving with a defective tyre.
Mr Davies' family said they were left "in a state of disbelief" after learning he had been killed by a speeding motorist. His sister said: "No-one can prepare you for such an unexpected thing."
She said the following months were tinged with sadness, disbelief and anger at what had happened to their brother. When they went to clear his house they found Christmas cards addressed to his grandchildren with money inside. "Sadly he was never able to give them to them", she said.
At Harry's funeral the family were touched by what a popular and well liked man he was- but they said "every single happy occasion is tinged by sadness that Harry is no longer with us."
Richard Dawson, defending, said Miah's driving "fell short of the standard of what would be expected of a competent driver" over a very short distance. He said Miah stopped at the scene and offered what assistance he could.
Mr Dawson told the court Miah has taken on a father figure role within the family since his own father became ill following a stroke, and he looks after his parents and younger siblings. "He expresses genuine regret and deep remorse for his actions on that fateful day", he added.
Judge Sara Dodd, sentencing, said: "This is a tragic case and nothing I can do today will lessen the grief of those who still miss Mr Davies terribly and nothing will lessen what I accept is your very genuine remorse. You ever sought to say you were not responsible. It was for the jury to decide your level of culpability, which they have done."
She said the offence was aggravated by Miah's previous record for driving offences. "Being stopped didn't teach you to listen. Being disqualified didn't teach you to listen. Nothing deterred you", she said.
The judge said she took into account that prison will be difficult for Miah under the Covid regime but jailed him for three and a half years. She also banned him from driving for five years with a 20 month extension to reflect the time he will be in prison.