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Death crash driver gets jail term

Stephen James McCann
Image caption Stephen McCann had been walking to meet friends when he was struck

A drink driver who killed a man before fleeing the scene has been jailed for almost five years.

Andrew Russell ploughed his Ford Focus into 20-year-old Stephen McCann in Fife last January.

Mr McCann - who had been walking to meet two friends at the time - died after suffering a number of injuries including a major artery being torn.

Russell, 25, was sentenced to four years and 11 months at the High Court in Glasgow.

He had previously admitted causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.

During Wednesday's court hearing, judge Lord Turnbull told Russell: "It is easy to observe that the consequences for others of a selfish decision to drive while intoxicated can be catastrophic."

He said a victim impact statement written by Mr McCann's mother had displayed the "total devastation" suffered by her and other family members.

Previous convictions

The accident happened on the A911 between Glenrothes and Leslie in Fife.

After being hit by the car, Mr McCann was thrown onto the bonnet and then over the vehicle.

Russell abandoned the car before he and passenger Alistair Dick - who the Ford belonged to - fled the scene.

Dick was later traced and he blamed Russell, admitting: "I take it the boy is dead. We hit him at some rate."

The court heard Russell told a friend that he had "killed somebody" and that he had been "burning up the back roads" before the crash.

Russell, of Glenrothes, had previous convictions for drink driving, careless driving and being behind the wheel while disqualified.

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