Halstead: Drug driver admits causing fatal collision
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A drug driver has admitted causing the death of an elderly woman in Halstead.
Eighty-seven year-old Barbara Bragg died after she was struck by a green Nissan Micra in Mount Hill on the morning on Saturday 12 October 2019.
The driver, 23 year-old Callum Brankin, was arrested and later charged with causing Barbara’s death.
At Ipswich Crown Court today (Wednesday 2 June), Brankin, of Oxford Meadows, Sible Hedingham admitted causing careless driving while over the drug drive limit.
He is due to be sentenced at the same court on 9 July.
Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:
“This tragic case highlights the dangers of drug driving.
“Drugs affect your ability behind the wheel – they affect your judgement and your reaction speed.
“Drugs can stay in your system for days after you last had them and even if you don’t feel impaired, you still can be and you can still test positive for them.
“If you’re caught drug driving you could lose your licence which could mean you lose your job. If you lose your job, you might not be able to pay your bills, so you could lose your home.
“Even worse, as this case shows, the consequences can be fatal and you could kill yourself or someone else.
“I hope anyone contemplating getting behind the wheel after taking drugs will see this case and think again.”