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Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

Michael Everson has been sentenced to six years in jail Credit: Sussex Police

A Lancing man who was driving a van which left the road and crashed into a tree, killing one of the passengers, has been jailed for six years.

32-year-old Michael Everson, who's unemployed, and of Gravelly Crescent, was sentenced after appearing at Chichester Crown Court on Tuesday.

Everson was banned from driving for six years.

Everson had been at the wheel of a red Vauxhall Movano van shortly before 1am on Saturday, June 13, last year when it left the road in Offington Avenue in Salvington, Worthing, and struck a tree near its junction with Offington Drive.

Passenger Samuel Frost died at the scene.

Everson fled the scene on foot but was traced and arrested.

"Our investigation found that Michael Everson had consumed a mixture of alcohol, cocaine and cannabis in the hours prior to the collision. At the time of the collision he was also carrying four people in the front passenger seats of the van which were only designed to safely carry two people.

"His decision to drive the van that evening in such an intoxicated state, and with so many passengers, was highly irresponsible and ultimately led to the tragic death of Samuel Frost.

"The gravity of this case was further aggravated by the fact the Everson ran away from the scene in an attempt to evade responsibility for his actions."

– Sergeant Rob Baldwin, of the Sussex Road Policing unit