Driver Who Killed Dad Crossing Road While Driving 113mph In 40mph Zone Is Jailed

A man who hit a father-of-three crossing the road while driving at speeds of up to 113mph in a 40mph zone has been jailed for causing his death.

Ryan Selby, 23, has been jailed for killing Oli Paxton while driving at speeds up to 113mph
Ryan Selby, 23, has been jailed for killing Oli Paxton while driving at speeds up to 113mph

Witnesses watched as Ryan Selby overtook numerous vehicles while driving along the A259 in Hastings, East Sussex, before he drove into a white cross-hatched area and struck father-of-three Oli Paxton as he was crossing the road.

The wreckless factory worker was estimated to have been driving between 107 and 113mph and struck Mr Paxton without even applying the brakes.

The incident took place on 9 March 2021, and the victim, described as a "beloved husband" and "wonderful father", was tragically pronounced dead at the scene.

Selby, of Burry Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Lewes Crown Court and was sentenced to seven and a half years behind bars.

He was also handed a driving ban of eight years and three months.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Christine Laing, said: "You showed a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road and for how dangerous your driving was to other road users, your utter disregard is staggering.

"I am in no doubt you did not see Oli Paxton due to your ludicrous speeds, despite the fact it was a residential area with two schools in the vicinity."

Sussex Police investigator Tudor Wells, said: "This incident has had a devastating impact on the family of a much-loved father and husband.

"Selby habitually drove recklessly, and on March 9 2021, this had tragic consequences which demonstrate the appalling consequences of driving at excess speed."

Ryan Selby struck Oli Paxton without evening having chance to apply the brakes

Jill Paxton, the victim's widow, said: "When Oli was killed, mine and my children's lives were irreparably destroyed and sadly, the justice system cannot convict for this unaccounted damage.

"Oli was selfless, easy-going, and authentic; a man of unending generosity, a devoted husband, and a fun-loving father who can never be replaced.

"By speeding at 110mph in a 40mph zone, he showed a complete disregard for the lives of others and his reckless behaviour inevitably robbed me of my husband and my three young boys of their father.

"I can only hope that Ryan is haunted by this experience, preventing him from ever again inflicting danger on others.

"May Oli's death serve as a reminder to those who take risks when driving.

"A car can be a lethal weapon and your actions could have unthinkable consequences."

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