Posted: Fri 19th Apr 2024

Drug driver jailed after fatal Johnstown road traffic collision for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area

A man who was four times the drug drive limit following a fatal road traffic collision which killed a pedestrian in Johnstown in 2022 has been jailed.

42-year-old Dale Hilton of Heol Kenyon, Johnstown was sentenced to four years imprisonment following the collision which tragically resulted in the death of 86-year-old George Ian Stevenson on March 2 2022.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years and will have to pass an extended test to regain his licence.

He was ordered to pay a £190 victim surcharge.

The collision happened shortly after 7:30pm on the High Street and involved a Citroen C2, being driven by Hilton, which collided with Mr Stevenson who was crossing the road nearby.

Mr Stevenson was taken to the Wrexham Maelor Hospital but sadly died during the early hours of March 3.

After testing positive for cocaine at the roadside, Hilton was arrested and taken to custody.

He was then released under investigation pending the results of further tests, which later came back to show that he was four times the legal limit.

Speaking after this week’s court hearing, PC Jo Roberts of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at North Wales Police said: “Through no fault of his own, Mr Stevenson was involved in a collision caused by a man who chose to get behind the wheel after taking illegal drugs.

“His actions have robbed a family of a loving father and grandfather as well as his wider family and friends, all of whom remain completely devastated by his death.

“Hilton’s cavalier attitude to drug driving was summed up by his decision to get behind the wheel again after taking drugs, despite knowing he was under investigation for causing a man’s death.

“No sentence passed can make up for the harm that Dale Hilton has done, but I very much hope that knowing he was found guilty by a Jury and will spend time in prison, will help Mr Stevenson’s family find some peace.

“North Wales Police are committed to making the roads safer and have a robust strategy around enforcing the ‘Fatal 5’ offences which includes drug driving.

“Information from the public is crucial in tackling the issue, therefore if you know someone who drives whilst under the influence, please do the right thing and report them to us.”

If you have information relating to someone you think is driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, please contact North Wales Police on 101 or via Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In an emergency always dial 999. You can also contact North Wales Police online via the online chat.

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