A DRIVER has been jailed for killing a man in a collision in Whitestake last year.

Leo McCarthy, 33, of Robin Hey, Leyland was given six years imprisonment for causing the death of 32 year old Nicholas Farrimond from Preston.

McCarthy was handed the sentence on Monday at Preston Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

On Sunday 28 August, Nicholas Farrimond was at a house party with friends at an address on Pope Lane. A taxi was ordered to take him and other revellers home.

The taxi arrived at around 12.50am and as Mr Farrimond was about to go inside to collect his friends, he was struck on the pavement by a Peugeot 106, driven by Leo McCarthy who had been drinking and had taken drugs. Nicholas sadly suffered serious injuries which proved fatal.

McCarthy fled the area, leaving the Peugeot on its side in a nearby field. He was traced hours later and subsequently arrested.

Investigating officer, Sgt Tracey Ward from the Road Policing Unit, said: “This case highlights the dangers of people driving under the influence of drink or drugs which we sadly see too often.

“In this instance, the potential risk became reality for Leo McCarthy, resulting in the death of a man who had just been enjoying the bank holiday with friends. McCarthy will have to live with knowing that his actions resulted in Nicholas Farrimond’s death for the rest of his life, as will Nicholas’ own family.

“What makes McCarthy’s actions even more despicable is that he panicked and fled the scene.

“Sadly this result will never bring Nicholas back but I hope it goes some way towards helping his family to come to terms with their loss so they can move forward with their lives.”