Driver who caused death of Preston woman and left another seriously injured is jailed

Posted on - 16th July, 2019 - 7:04pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News
Leon Kay
Leon Kay

A man who caused the death of a Preston woman has been jailed.


Leon Kay was sentenced to more than eight years in prison at Preston Crown Court.

The 33-year-old had been driving a white BMW 330i car when he collided with a parked and unoccupied Ford Ecosport and two female pedestrians in Station Road, Fleetwood.

The crash, which took place around 9.10pm on 2 February.

One of the women was 56-year-old Lynne McDermott.

Lynne McDermott's family have paid tribute to the 56-year-old Pic: Lancashire Police
Lynne McDermott Pic: Lancashire Police

She was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with serious leg injuries and multiple fractures. Lynne, from Preston, died a day later.

Read more: Tributes paid to Preston woman who died following Fleetwood crash

A second woman, Deborah Barton, from Preston, suffered multiple fractures to her left shoulder, arm, hip, ankle and pelvis.

The 57-year-old was treated at hospital and continues to receive support for her injuries which police describe as ‘life-changing’.

Kay was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was breath-tested while in custody and gave a reading of 69 micrograms of alcohol per 100 mililetres of breah, the legal limit is 35.

Kay, of Lydia Street, Accrington, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink-driving.

He pleaded guilty at Preston Crown Court.

A judge sentenced him to eight years and nine months in prison and also banned him from driving for nine years and four months.

What police had to say

Sergeant Lee Harris said: “Leon Kay should never have got behind the wheel of his car that night.

“Knowing he had consumed alcohol, he drove around the area in a reckless and irresponsible manner before colliding with both victims.

“Sadly Mrs McDermott’s injuries were to prove fatal.

“Kay’s actions were completely unacceptable and have left both families devastated and heartbroken.

“My thoughts continue to remain with Mrs McDermott, Mrs Barton, their family and friends.

Lynne McDermott
Lynne McDermott

“We welcome the sentence handed down at court and hope it serves as a warning to others.

“Drinking or taking drugs when driving is unacceptable and our efforts to catch those responsible will continue.

“As well as the risk of suffering or causing a serious injury or death, there are a number of potentially devastating consequences of drink and drug driving from losing your license and a hefty fine to losing your livelihood along with your family and friends.

“Catching drink or drug drivers is a priority for police in Lancashire and we will continue to crack down on drink and drug driving to help make our roads safer.”

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