Drunk driver killed teen after downing 10 pints on first day pubs opened after first lockdown

A DRUNK driver killed a teenager after downing ten pints on the day pubs reopened after the first lockdown.

David Turner, 31, reached 60mph in a 20mph zone, mounted the pavement and ploughed into Gabriel Fields, 19.

Witnesses saw Turner revving his engine like a racing car driver moments earlier, a court heard.

He had been out with friends on July 4 last year — the day pubs reopened after lockdown.

Pal Courtney Patton told Preston crown court: “It was our first opportunity to let our hair down and get wasted.”

She said Turner drove them in his Audi S3 to buy cigarettes, adding: “It was like a white knuckle ride.”

They then returned to the pub.

But when they left just before 10pm the car clipped the kerb, mounted the pavement and hit psychology student Gabriel in Kirkham, Lancs.

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Gabriel, who was studying at the University of Salford, died at the scene.

All four passengers in Turner’s vehicle were also injured.

Turner, of Lytham St Annes, Lancs, admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for ten years.

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