A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after crashing into a cyclist at 60mph while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Ajay Singh ploughed into Vicky Myres, 24, while she was out for a bike ride with her boyfriend’s mother. She remarked just before the accident: “Gosh, that car is going fast”. Moments later Singh crashed into her at 60mph in a 30mph area.
Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Vicky was catapulted over the vehicle, landing 57 metres further up Stockport Road in Timperley with a broken neck and a total of 66 injuries. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Singh fled the scene of the accident, still driving his car despite the shattered windscreen which had “nil” visibility. He almost collided head-on with another vehicle a few minutes later.
Other drivers saw him weaving across the road, playing loud music, and speeding “well in excess” of 70mph in the minutes prior to the crash at around 7.50am on 27 August.
Singh told police that he had taken spice and ketamine, and tests taken later also showed him to have traces of cocaine and cannabis in his system. Witnesses saw him getting in and out of his car, holding a bottle of wine, and very unsteady on his feet.
He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, and failing to report an accident.
Florist Vicky was a keen cyclist and had just bought a house with her “inseparable” partner of six years, James Crosby. She was killed while out on a ride with James’s mother Sarah, which they did together every Sunday.
Sarah Crosby said in her victim impact statement: “Vicky was lying there. I knew immediately she was dead. I had to tell James Vicky had died.
“He held his head in his hands and shouted, ‘No! No! No!’ And I saw the pain and anguish overcome him. To hear your grownup son sobbing is utterly heartbreaking.”
She went on to say how he felt lost without Vicky – the woman he had travelled the world with and was planning a family with. He now struggled to get through each day.
Nick Myres, Vicky’s father, said: “She was kind, loving, caring, adventurous, determined and fun. I feel older and sadder every day. I have my memories but will never have any new ones. I’m trying not to let hate and anger take over.”
Singh’s registration plate fell off his VW Polo as a result of the collision, and police tracked him down and arrested him less than thirty minutes after the accident. He had driven from his flat in Wythenshawe to a hotel car park, and then returned, but gave no reason for the journey or his driving.
When tests were carried out in hospital, they showed him to be under the prescribed limit for alcohol, but over the limit for drugs. Police suspected him to have been drink-driving at the time of the accident but were unable to prove it.
On sentencing Singh, Judge John Potter said: “The strong inference from the evidence is that I’m sure from the driving at the time you must have been significantly impaired by both alcohol and drugs.
“When she died Vicky Myres was just 24 years of age. She was a good, bright, intelligent, enthusiastic person who had the world at her feet. The hurt felt by her family is raw and immediate.”
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