A man who was already banned from driving has been jailed for running over and killing a ‘loving and loyal’ husband while he was being chased by police.
Adam Badkin was trying to escape the police at 80mph after they caught him using his mobile phone at the wheel.
He lost control of the car and ploughed into Andrew Kitson, 44, who was walking to the shop in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.
Mr Kitson was only 400 yards away from his house when the car drove into him and sent him flying into a nearby garden.
At the time of the accident Badkin was disqualified from driving after he was prosecuted for using his phone at the wheel twice.
Leeds Crown Court jailed Badkin for six years after he pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and death by dangerous driving while unlicensed and uninsured.
‘What this terrible incident so painfully illustrates is the appalling human consequences of dangerous driving. Those who are responsible for committing this offence have no regard or thought that their actions will lead to innocent bystanders being killed and their families having to endure a life sentence through their loss,’ said West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision’s Detective Inspector Paul Conroy.
Prosecutor Katherine Robinson told the court police went after Badkin when they saw he was on his phone at the wheel, was not wearing a seatbelt and had a faulty brake light on June 9.
Badkin sped off, reaching 90mph, when police put their siren on to try and get the former soldier to pull over.
He drove the wrong way around a mini roundabout, on the wrong side of the road and only just avoided collisions with other cars.
The 22-year-old then lost control of the Peugeot, mounted the pavement and killed Mr Kitson before getting out of his car that had landed on its roof and running off.
The court heard that both Badkin and police officers did not realise he had hit the pedestrian who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Badkin was arrested shortly after he ran away and when police told him he had killed Mr Kitson he kept repeating ‘what have I done?’.
The victim’s wife Jessica Kitson spoke in court and directly addressing Badkin she said: ‘You have stolen at least 30 years from Andrew’s life. You have stolen that life from me too.
‘You could never repay that debt to my family.’
She also read a victim statement to the court describing the devastating impact of the tragedy saying: ‘Andrew was a beautiful soul. The most loving, loyal and thoughtful man, an exemplary husband.
‘Andrew never even got the slightest chance to fight for his life. He should have been safe walking along a 30mph road.
‘Andrew was healthy. He was fit and his mind was strong. He was beautiful and he was innocent. He did nothing to deserve this.
Abdul Iqbal QC, mitigating, said his client has shown ‘genuine regret’ over his actions.
Sentencing Badkin, The Recorder of Leeds Judge Guy Kearl QC said: ‘This offence is of the utmost gravity.
‘I find that this was a deliberate course of prolonged bad driving.
‘You were aware of the fact that there were other people about and you drove in what I judge to be a highly dangerous manner at grossly excessive speed.
‘You knew that you were being followed by the police but that simply increased your motivation to escape, irrespective of who else was on the road or nearby.’
Detective Inspector Paul Conroy said: ‘This fatal road traffic collision on Leeds Road was an absolute tragedy for Andrew’s family.
‘That day they lost a loving, loyal and thoughtful husband, son, uncle and brother.’
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