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Man charged with killing pedestrian by reckless driving in Andover

Benjamin Jobling, 20, of Sheppard Road in Basingstoke, was given 30 months in prison after killing a man on Smannel Road, Andover because he was driving almost 20mph over the speed limit.

31-year-old Martin Rogers was crossing the road on February 25th, 2018 when he was hit by a car and pronounced dead at the scene.

Salisbury Crown Court heard Jobling was driving at speeds of up to 50mph in a 30mph residential area.

During the offender's journey, the court heard he was overtaking vehicles before the incident, as he believed they were driving too slow.

The collision happened just before 5:10pm, when Mr Rogers was walking with two other people.

At the hearing, Jobling was sentenced to 30 months in jail and also banned from driving for three years and three months.

In a statement released after the sentencing, Mr Rogers' family said:

"We want to thank everyone involved, from the paramedics to the police officers in attendance and involved in the case there after.

"To the judge and all the witnesses that took the time to get this conviction, and the jury who found him guilty, thank you.”

Sgt Mark Furse, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, added: 

“This tragic case highlights just how important it is that young and inexperienced drivers understand the devastating consequences their actions can have.

“This was a death that could easily have been avoided.

"Being in a rush is absolutely no excuse to drive dangerously and at excessive speeds.

“One moment of madness has had a lifelong impact on two families, one of whom will never get to see their loved one again in the case of Mr Rogers’ family.

“This should serve as a warning to all young drivers.

"The risks are not worth taking.

"Simply put, do not put your life and, most importantly, other people’s life at risk by breaking the speed limit.”

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