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Drink-driver gets eight years after his BMW crashed and killed 'dedicated dad'

Lee Rees of Ferndale was jailed for eight years. Credit: South Wales Police

A driver has been jailed for eight years for causing the death of a "dedicated" dad.

Lee Rees, 41, admitted to drink-driving under the influence of alcohol and causing death by dangerous driving when he crashed his BMW into a car driven by victim Terry Hill.

Merthyr Crown Court heard he was nearly double the drink-drive limit.

Rees, of Ferndale in the Rhondda, was also disqualified from driving for 14 years.

He was also in breach of a community order at the time, which was revoked, taking his sentence up to eight years and three months.

Terry Hill and his family. Credit: South Wales Police / Family photo

Family man Mr Hill, 45, from Bridgend, died as a result of the collision on the A4233 bypass in Wattstown, Porth, in June.

In a statement released through South Wales Police Mr Hill’s wife, Joanna Hill, said: “No sentence given by the court would ever replace the loss of Terry or repair the total devastation caused by Mr Rees' actions on that night.

“We would like to thank our family, friends and the wider community for the overwhelming support received at what has been a traumatic time for us all."