Lincolnshire

Drink-driver jailed over fatal Kayleigh Lawrie crash

Steven Hayter
Image caption Steven Hayter was almost twice over the legal alcohol limit

A man who admitted causing the death of a 14-year-old Lincolnshire schoolgirl in a crash while driving drunk has been jailed for six years.

Kayleigh Lawrie, from Willoughby, died after the Renault Clio she was travelling in crashed on the B1196 at Welton le Marsh in August last year.

A 13-year-old boy suffered a fractured skull in the crash.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Steven Hayter, 42, from Grimsby, was almost twice over the legal alcohol limit.

'Lager and vodka'

Prosecutor Andrew Scott said Hayter had eight pints of lager and several double vodkas the previous evening and had drunk wine in the morning before setting off to a bank in Skegness on 4 August.

Image caption Kayleigh Lawrie was a rear passenger in Steven Hayter's car when he lost control and crashed

He dropped a cigarette in the footwell of his car and lost control as he was reaching down to retrieve it.

Tests showed Hayter had 147 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of blood compared with the legal limit of 80 mgs.

Passing sentence, recorder Timothy Spencer QC said: "Kayleigh lost her life because of your appalling driving.

"This was a wholly avoidable and wholly unnecessary tragedy. The only explanation for what happened must be drink. Your alcohol level must have been extremely high indeed."

Defence solicitor David Eager said Hayter accepted "he was solely responsible for Kayleigh's death".

In a statement, Kayleigh's mother Charlotte Lawrie said: "I am pleased that the man responsible is now behind bars but nothing will ever bring Kayleigh back and we miss her every single day".

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