A drink driver was caught on CCTV racing through the streets at a ‘shocking and deadly’ speed just seconds before he killed a teenager in a horrific crash.
Andrew Price careered through Haydock, Merseyside at almost 100mph in 30mph and 40mph zones whilst downing alcohol in the drivers seat.
Adam Edwards, 19, who in the backseat, died from cardiac arrest as a result of internal injuries on the way to hospital, whilst front seat passenger Anthony Finch, 25, suffered brain damage and ended up in a coma.
Members of the victims’ families gasped when this clip of Price’s driving in the moments before the crash was played at Liverpool Crown Court.
Merseyside Police has now released the footage with the permission of Adam’s family, who slammed Price for the “selfish choices” he made that proved fatal.
Price, of Southworth Road, Newton-le-Willows, had already run a red light on the wrong side of Crow Lane, forcing an oncoming car to swerve to avoid a collision, as rain lashed down at around 8.50pm, on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.
Judge Stuart Driver, QC, told Price: “You then drove down Vista Road at shocking, deadly speeds for almost a mile.”
Price overtook two cars by driving in the wrong lane and on the wrong side of keep left bollards, as he averaged speeds of between 86mph to 96mph in 30mph and 40mph areas.
Geoffrey Lowe, prosecuting, said Price then had to move back into the correct lane to avoid a parked single decker bus and an oncoming car on the residential street.
The CCTV clips shows Price passing the bus at breathtaking speed, before Mr Lowe said the Lexus “very quickly goes out of view”, having produced “a lot of spray from the wet road”.
Mr Lowe said witness Adam Naggy later observed “he has never seen any vehicle travel as fast along Vista Road in his life”.
Having passed the bus, and with no other cars present in the road, Price “lost control”, moved to the right side of the road, mounted the pavement and hit four vehicles, then ended up in two front gardens.
Mr Edwards was conscious after the crash, but had sustained internal injuries including a broken pelvis and left leg, with extensive bleeding.
Rear seat passenger Matthew Williamson got out of the car, only to collapse with injuries to his knee and pelvis, which required surgery.
Local resident Jessica Bailey, who had first aid training, helped the victims and dragged Price out when he fell unconscious.
She spoke to Mr Edwards and tended to Mr Finch before giving CPR to Price, who had suffered a cardiac arrest.
The court heard Price ‘died’ for 16 minutes at the scene, but was brought back to life with CPR and defibrillation shocks.
He was taken to hospital and put in a coma, having suffered a bleed on the brain, before he was discharged on December 30, 2019.
Mr Finch, who was unconscious and trapped, was rescued by firefighters before he was taken to hospital and put in a coma.
He had suffered a brain injury and spent three months in hospital, before he was discharged in February 2020.
Mr Lowe said he had “a long list of injuries” including broken ribs, a broken pelvis, punctured lungs and a ruptured pancreas.
The prosecutor said the worst of these was the bleed on his brain, leading to brain damage, and his face is scarred from where it hit the windscreen.
Mr Lowe said: “He said that the injuries have changed his life forever.”
The court heard Mr Finch cannot work, has memory loss and believes “his life has been ruined by this”.
Price’s blood was taken three hours after the crash and found to show alcohol, cannabis and cocaine, below the legal limits.
However, a back calculation showed at the time of the crash he most likely had around 132mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.
Police analysed CCTV to calculate the speed of the Lexus and an airbag control module on the car revealed he only braked a second before impact.
Price, whose lawyer said he had “absolute remorse” for his actions and would “eternally feel regretful”, admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.
The court heard he had previously been convicted of drug driving and banned from the road for 15 months in 2015.
Judge Driver said: “You chose deliberately to drive very dangerously for no reason other than your own pleasure.”
Price was jailed for nine years and disqualified from driving for nine and a half years.
Speaking after the case, Inspector Stuart McIver, of Merseyside Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was a devastating crash, caused by Price’s recklessness and disregard for the safety of himself and others in the car that night.
“That a young man lost his life is the absolutely tragic but avoidable consequence of the decisions Price made in driving at high speed in a residential area.
“We continue to support Adam’s family and pass on our sincere condolences for their loss. Perhaps today’s sentencing will provide some comfort after almost two years has passed.
“I also hope that the effect it has had on Adam’s family and friends and the wider community shows what can and does happen when vehicles are driven dangerously on our roads.
“Adam’s family have shown dignity and courage throughout this process and their words below should make others think twice about taking to our roads in the manner Price did that night.”