Norfolk

Killer driver dies in Norwich prison cell

A drink driver jailed for killing a father-of-three in a car crash in Norfolk has died in prison.

Warren Fernandez, 45, of Bradwell, near Gorleston, Norfolk, admitted causing the death of Andrew Mackay, 38, by driving dangerously in November 2008.

The Prison Service spokeswoman said he was found in his cell at HMP Norwich on Friday morning.

"Staff attempted CPR and paramedics attended, but he was pronounced dead at approximately 6:10am," she said.

The spokeswoman added: "As with all deaths in custody, the Independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation." An inquest is due to be opened on Thursday.

'Idiot speeds'

In 2008 Norwich Crown Court heard the crash happened on the A12 at Hopton, Norfolk in April of that year and that Fernandez's BMW car spun into the path of a Ford Escort driven by Mr Mackay.

Mr Mackay's partner and three children, aged 14, 10 and two, were also injured and spent four nights in hospital.

Witnesses reported seeing Fernandez, driving like an "idiot" at speeds of about 100mph moments before the impact.

Fernandez, who had two previous convictions for drink driving, refused a breath test at the scene but a blood sample revealed he was still over the drink drive limit six hours later.

Police said it was likely he was twice the limit at the time of the crash.

Mr Mackay, of south east London, was returning home with his family after a holiday in Hemsby, Norfolk.

Sentencing him, Judge Alasdair Darroch told Fernandez: "This is a quite appalling case and you are solely responsible for the terrible consequences of your driving."

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