Driver jailed for James McKenzie Workington crash death
A driver who caused the death of a 61-year-old motorist in Cumbria has been jailed for six years and eight months.
Lee Walley was driving a Volkswagen Golf, which crashed into a Ford Focus driven by Jame McKenzie in Workington on 7 March.
Mr McKenzie, from Furness Road, Moorclose, Workington, suffered serious injuries and later died in hospital.
Walley, also from Workington, had previously admitted causing death by dangerous driving.
Carlisle Crown Court heard that the 35-year-old of Beverley Close in the town, was later found to have been under the influence of illegal drugs which, experts said, would have impaired his driving.
He was also described by witnesses as driving at excessive speed and was overtaking vehicles on the approach to a left hand bend.'Devastating loss'
He was sentenced to ten years imprisonment, but due to his early guilty plea this was reduced to six years and eight months.
The judge also banned him from driving for eight years.
Mr McKenzie manned the turnstiles at Derwent Park, Workington Town rugby club's ground, for more than 40 years.
Sgt Jo Walker, from Cumbria Police said: "Mr McKenzie's family were satisfied with the result.
"Nothing will ever bring him back but today's sentencing has given them some closure.
"On the 7 March Walley not only drove in a dangerous manner but also had drugs in his system at the time.
"His actions resulted in the devastating loss for Mr McKenzie's family and my deepest sympathies go out to them."