Drink-driver jailed after leaving fatally injured pedestrian in the road

A heartless drink-driver, who fatally hit a pedestrian In Wolverhampton but drove away, has been jailed.

Sergejus Aksiutovas struck Peter Salter as he crossed a residential road in Whitmore Reans, with the force of the impact throwing him over the car.

Jailed - Sergejus Aksiutovas
Jailed - Sergejus Aksiutovas

The 49-year-old driver, who was three times the legal drink-drive limit, did stop and was seen to walk unsteadily to where Mr Salter lay in the road.

But shockingly, after bending down to touch Mr Salter’s jacket, Aksiutovas got back into his Mercedes and drove away.

A number of residents in Evans Street, came out to try and help 63-year-old Mr Salter following the hit-and-run collision at about 10pm on 26 October 2019.

But sadly despite their efforts and the efforts of paramedics he was pronounced dead at the scene just after 11pm.

Peter Salter
Peter Salter

A post mortem concluded that Mr Salter died from traumatic head and neck injuries.

During a search of the area shortly afterwards, officers found the Mercedes parked nearby in Armstrong Drive and Aksiutovas was arrested at 1.50am.

The car was seized and its dashcam footage showed that it had been driven in an erratic manner that night.

Calculations showed that just before the collision the Mercedes was travelling at 41mph despite the speed limit for the road being 30mph.

Tests also revealed that Aksiutovas had 111 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Aksiutovas, of Foster Avenue, Bilston, Wolverhampton, admitted death by careless driving while unfit due to alcohol, at a hearing in Wolverhampton Crown Court, on 22 February.

Today (Friday 26 March) he was sentenced to five years and three months and disqualified from driving for just over seven years and 10 months.

He will also be subject to an extended re-test if he reapplies for a licence.

Insp Steve Radford, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The events of that night were a tragedy which stole the life of a man and Aksiutovas’ actions afterwards are deeply shocking.

“Instead of trying to help the man he had hit, Aksiutovas showed no remorse for his actions and coldly chose to get back into his vehicle and drive away.

“By contrast we’d like to thank residents of Evans Street who came out to tend to Mr Salter and showed him the compassion and care he deserved.

"Our thoughts do remain with Mr Salter’s family and we hope they can find some comfort in knowing that Aksiutovas has now been brought to justice."

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