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Drink driver in fatal crash

PUBLISHED: 17:57 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 10:44 11 August 2010

A DRUNK driver who killed his passenger and seriously injured a five-year-old boy has been jailed for three-and-a-half years. Lithuanian Evaldas Smilginas, 27, raced at speeds of up to 79mph in his powerful BMW - almost double the speed limit - killing hi

A DRUNK driver who killed his passenger and seriously injured a five-year-old boy has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Lithuanian Evaldas Smilginas, 27, raced at speeds of up to 79mph in his powerful BMW - almost double the speed limit - killing his cousin's wife Ginaute Mickenviciene.

Young Stephen Wandjiru suffered a shattered leg, a broken right hand and right foot and a smashed jaw after Smilginas' car collided with his mum Irene's BMW.

Mrs Mickenviciene, 22, died in hospital several days later as a result of her injuries.

After the smash Smilginas gave a sample that showed he had 98mg of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood - the legal drink drive limit is 80 microgrammes.

The crash happened on the 40mph limit A13 Ripple Road, in Barking, flyover at 2.35am on August 19 last year.

A report by crash investigator PC Richard Easton concluded Smilginas was travelling at speeds between 60 and 79mph, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

Smilginas was convicted by a jury of causing death by careless driving when over the prescribed limit.

A charge of causing death by dangerous driving was ordered to lie on the file.

Today he was disqualified from driving for seven years and fined £1,000 for driving with no insurance.

Jailing Smilginas, Judge Inigo Bing said: 'You have the death of this young woman on your conscience - it's something you have to live with.'

Smilginas, of Norfolk Road, East Ham, had denied the charges.


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