A 'RECKLESS' Accrington man who killed a woman while drink-driving has been jailed for eight years. 

Lynne McDermott, 56, from Preston died in hospital after she was struck by East Lancashire man Leon Kay on Station Road in Fleetwood. 

The incident, which happened at around 9.10pm on Febuary 2, also saw 57-year-old Deborah Barton suffer multiple fractures to her left shoulder, arm, hip, ankle and pelvis. She was treated at Royal Preston Hospital and continues to recieve on-going treatment after suffering life-changing injuries.

Kay, of Lydia Street, Accrington, had been driving a white BMW 330i when he crashed with a parked and unoccupied Ford Ecosport and the two women.

The 33-year-old was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink-driving. He was breath-tested in custody, giving a reading of 69 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35, meaning he was nearly twice over the legal limit. 

He was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink-driving before pleading guilty at court.

Kay was sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison, as well as being banned from driving for nine years and four months.

Sgt Lee Harris, of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations Team, said: “Leon Kay should never have got behind the wheel of his car that night.

“Knowing he had consumed alcohol, he drove around the area in a reckless and irresponsible manner before colliding with both victims. Sadly Mrs McDermott’s injuries were to prove fatal.

“Kay’s actions were completely unacceptable and have left both families devastated and heartbroken. My thoughts continue to remain with Mrs McDermott, Mrs Barton, their family and friends.

“We welcome the sentence handed down at court and hope it serves as a warning to others.

“Drinking or taking drugs when driving is unacceptable and our efforts to catch those responsible will continue.

"As well as the risk of suffering or causing a serious injury or death, there are a number of potentially devastating consequences of drink and drug driving from losing your license and a hefty fine to losing your livelihood along with your family and friends.

"Catching drink or drug drivers is a priority for police in Lancashire and we will continue to crack down on drink and drug driving to help make our roads safer.”