Driver who killed 'dearly loved' man, 29, in crash is jailed

A police car was involved in a crash in Stowmarket on the way to an emergency call. Picture: MATT STOTT

Steven Lee has been jailed for four years after a fatal collision in Braintree - Credit: Archant

A driver who lost control of his Audi R8 and mounted a kerb near a shopping village - killing a "dearly loved" man - has been jailed for four years.

Steven Lee had left a car wash in South Street, Braintree at around 3.30pm on Sunday, April 8 2018 when his vehicle hit 29-year-old Ryan Lynch, who was walking on the pavement.

Mr Lynch, who was described by his parents Tony and Karen Lynch as a “dearly loved son, brother, uncle, partner” and a “truly great friend to everyone who knew him”, remained in a critical condition in hospital for a week before he died.

Lee, of Willingdale Road, Braintree, later pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

However, he was found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court of a more serious charge death by dangerous driving.

The 38-year-old has now been jailed for four years, as well as banned from driving for five years.

Det Con Alan Lamb, of Essex Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This has been an incredibly difficult time for Ryan’s loved ones, and I’d like to praise them for their dignity throughout the investigation and this trial.

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“Ryan was clearly beloved and I know he’s still missed terribly by everyone who knew him.

“This is a reminder to everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car – your responsibility isn’t just to ensure your own safety, but the safety of everyone around you.

"You can change someone’s life in an instant.”