Nottingham

Drunk driver Samuel Whyman jailed for minibus death crash

Crash scene on A617 near Mansfield
Image caption The crash killed Rafal Zaborowski and seriously injured another person

A drunk driver who ran from the scene of a crash which killed a minibus driver has been jailed for seven years.

Samuel Whyman, 23, of Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Nottingham Crown Court.

Whyman went through a red light at the junction of the A617 and the A38 on 26 March 2012 and smashed into a minibus.

The driver, Rafal Zaborowski, 25, was killed and one of 11 passengers was seriously injured in the crash.

'No recollection'

Despite being injured, Whyman fled from the scene and was discovered 1.5 miles (2.4km) away hiding in the front garden of a neighbour's house by a police helicopter.

Image caption Whyman ran from the scene of the crash and was found near his home

Whyman, who told police in an interview that he had no recollection of the crash, was also disqualified from driving for seven years.

Mr Zaborowski's wife Agnieszka said: "I lost the person I loved and I have been left on my own with our child.

"I am a young woman and my life has been deeply affected by this loss."

Whyman, of Martyn Avenue, was arrested and taken to the Queen's Medical Centre where his blood alcohol level was recorded at almost twice the legal limit.

The driver and passengers in the minibus were returning from work at a firm in Shirebrook.

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