The 27-year-old man from Merseyside was more than twice the drink driving limit when he collided with a Taxi in the city on 27 February 2019.
Prosecuting, Keith Sutton told the court that the defendant had driven to the city with his friend the previous evening and had been drinking in pubs and clubs until around 4.30am, after which he “insisted” on driving them home.
On leaving the city the defendant had driven at up to 75mph as he passed the Everton Stadium, Goodison Park.
As he approached traffic lights at a junction there were two stationary vehicles waiting for the lights to change.
They had been red for 16 seconds when the defendant sped through them at 83mph before crashing into a Ford Mondeo driven by taxi driver David Sherwin, 51, and his fare, Michelle Jennings, who was on her way to work at Greggs.
It is unlikely that Mr Sherwin would have seen the oncoming car until the last moment.
Judge Andrew Menary QC said the defendant appeared to have been “gambling”.
“Rather than slow down and stop yourself, you pulled over into the offside lane and accelerated through those red lights. You made no effort to stop at all,” he said.
“You couldn’t have failed to see them. Maybe you were gambling on them turning to green before you got to the junction.
“If so, two people paid the price when you lost that bet.”
The defendant originally claimed he had passed through an amber light, and that Mr Sherwin had crashed into him. He also said he could not remember the crash or whether he was driving.
His DNA was found on the driver’s airbag, however, and he pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at a previous hearing in February. Defending, Michael Hegarty said his client expressed “profound remorse and regret” for his actions.
Mrs Jennings died in hospital later that morning following the collision, while Mr Sherwin suffered a traumatic brain injury and died on 13 March.
Judge Menary jailed the drink driver for nine years as well as banning him from the roads for nine years and ordering that he must take an extended test before being allowed to drive again.
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