A man from Belle Vale has been sentenced for killing a man and his dog in a road traffic collision in November 2020.
Jason McGuire, 33, of Belle Vale, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at a hearing in November and was jailed for five years and six months at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday 12 December.
At around 5.45pm on 23 November 2020, emergency services were called to Childwall Valley Road near to Hartsbourne Avenue, in Belle Vale, following reports that a motorist driving a black BMW 3-series had collided with a pedestrian and his Labrador dog.
Alan Williams, 74, and his dog tragically died as a result of the collision and McGuire was arrested at the scene.
In the moments leading up to the collision, McGuire had tailgated another vehicle, which he then undertook and reached speeds of 58mph on the 30mph road.
He then struck Mr Williams and his dog, who were crossing the road.
Detective Sergeant Andy Roper from Merseyside Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said, “This was a display of aggressive driving, involving grossly excessive speed. It was in a residential area during the rush hour period and the decisions made by Jason McGuire that evening have resulted in absolutely devastating consequences for the family of Alan Williams.
“There is no sentence that can ever replace the hole that has been left in their lives but we hope it provides some comfort to them and they continue to have the best support we can provide via their dedicated Family Liaison Officer.
“Alan’s family have shown the utmost dignity throughout this whole process and they would like to process everything that has happened over the last two years in private.
“We hope in the passing of this sentence, it acts as a reminder to all drivers that momentary decisions to drive recklessly or at excessive speeds can bring such devastation. Not only to the families of those who are injured or killed on the roads, but to the family and friends of those who have to endure the pain of seeing their own loved ones imprisoned for the decisions they have incorrectly made.”