A HEROIN addict motorist disqualified from driving when he mounted a kerb and killed a jogger in a hit-and-run collision has been jailed for six years.
Career criminal Mark Heeley, aged 38, smashed into the back of devoted family man Derek Lyon’s head with the wing mirror of a seven-ton tipper lorry while driving it dangerously down a picturesque country road.
Heeley, who also had no insurance and almost fell asleep while details of his crime were read to the court, was before the courts for the 16th time.
Doncaster Crown Court Heeley, of Rossington, Doncaster, who admitted causing death by dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified, had been banned from driving 14 times.
Michael Slater, prosecuting, said 52-year-old Mr Lyon, of Conisbrough had been jogging in Doncaster on the afternoon of March 22 this year when he was hit in the back of the head by the wing mirror of the Iveco truck.
Mr Slater said: “Mr Heeley did not stop at the time but half-an-hour later, when police recognised his vehicle and pulled him over, he said he knew he had hit something but had no idea it was a man.
“He appeared unsteady on his feet and told police he had a syringe in his sock because he was a heroin addict. A blood sample was taken but it never made it to the lab.”
Witnesses said the vehicle was travelling well over the 40mph limit shortly before the collision.
Judge Jacqueline Davies told Heeley: “Your driving record is as bad as I have seen for a very long time.”