WATCH: Drug driver who ploughed into Gravesend’s Mark Smart on A2 while high and on his phone is jailed
PUBLISHED: 17:05 27 June 2017
Kent Police has released footage of the incident
A drug-driver who was using a mobile phone as he slammed into a stationary car on the A2 has been jailed for killing a Gravesend man.
Two men were sentenced on Monday for their roles in the crash on the A2 in March last year, which killed 46-year-old Mark Sharp.
Mr Sharp’s grey Nissan Micra had been involved in a minor collision on the coastbound A2 just before the M25 slip road in the early hours of Tuesday, March 1.
He put on his hazard lights and called emergency services, but remained in his car.
Lane closures were put in place, along with warning messages to vehicles to use the left hand lane.
But 63-year-old Stuart Lomas of Upper Wickham Lane, Welling’s red Ford Focus collided with Mr Sharp, pushing his Nissan into the path of another oncoming car.
Two seconds later, Ahmed Mohamed, 28, Woolwich, sped into Mr Sharp’s car, flipping his own Qashqai in the process, which was driving over the speed limit.
Not only was Mohamed using his phone at the time, but tests of his blood showed he had 6.4 micrograms of cannabis per litre, more than three times the legal limit.
Having been hit by two cars in a matter of seconds, Mr Sharp, a HGV driver, sustained multiple injuries and died at the scene.
Mohamad admitted causing death by careless driving whilst over the drug limit at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, June 26 and was sentenced the following day to four years and 11 months imprisonment and given a five year driving ban to begin upon his release.
Lomas admitted one count of careless driving and was slapped with six penalty points, and ordered to pay £625 in costs and a fine.
Sgt Chris Wade said: “Both of these drivers had been driving in the second lane, and if they had been travelling in lane one - as per Highway Code guidance - like many cars before them, they could have both passed the crashed cars without incident.
“Regardless of whether you drive the same stretch of road daily or not, drivers need to remain alert that these incidents can occur at any time, anywhere, and to anyone, and complacency and lack of concentration can - and does - lead to tragic consequences.
“My thoughts are with Mr Sharp’s family who have shown the utmost dignity and understanding in what has been a very prolonged and distressing case for them, and I thank them for their support throughout.’