Arrest footage shows ‘drunkest driver ever’ moments after he killed a 20-year-old woman

A police officer who arrested a man whose car drove onto the curb and killed a 20-year-old woman said he was “the most dangerous person I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car.” Malcolm Witt, 68, has now been imprisoned for eight years.

Witt, 68, was also banned from driving for another seven years and told he had to drive compulsorily before he could drive again. He had pleaded guilty to the charge of causing the death of Fenella Hawes on Sunday, July 31, 2022.

Norwich Crown Court on Friday, 18 November, heard how White was driving a Lexus RX SUV along the A149 Wayford, between the B1159 junction and Chapelfield Road, Stallham, Norfolk, shortly before 4.30pm on 31 July when his car was traveling Quickly, they stepped onto the sidewalk and struck two pedestrians – a teenage girl and a 20-year-old woman.

Despite attempts to save her life, the 20-year-old – later named Fenella Howes of Stallham – died at the scene. The second infantryman, a 16-year-old boy, had cuts and bruises. They were walking home together after work when Wyatt bumped into them.

The court heard how White, of Meadow Drive, Hoveton, had not stopped his car after colliding with Fenella and the teenage girl, but instead continued along the A149 for another mile. His car finally stopped after hitting a road sign and trees and bushes at the edge of the road, just before the junction of the A149 and Old Market Road.

When officers arrived at the scene of the second crash, they found White in the driver’s seat. He smelled strongly of alcohol, but refused to take a breath test. He was arrested and taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston for evaluation.

While being held at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, around four hours after he had driven into Fenella and the teenage girl, he was recorded as having 120 micrograms of alcohol on his breath. Officers estimated that this would have been about 158 ​​micrograms if it had been picked up on the side of the road after a collision. The legal limit is 35 micrograms per 100 milliliters.

Fenella Hawes

The police investigation concluded that White’s car was not defective and that the weather and road conditions were clean and presentable. During the interviews with the police, no comment was given to every question.

In her personal victim statement to the court, Fenella’s mother Margaret said: “Every day I cry, when I get up, all day long at random times without any reason it seems and when I go to bed at night. I imagine her walking, very happy and she holds sunflowers for me Then the car hits her. I’m crying because I’ll never see Fenella again, I’ll never see her bright smile or hear her laugh, I’ll never talk to her about her day or her plans for the future, I’ll never help cheer her up when she’s sad or gossip with her, I won’t go for long walks with her Again… I will never be able to sit with her in front of our fire… She will never be the same again.

“I sigh for the future you don’t have because some drunk man chose to get in the car, knowing that this was a weapon that could kill a person, and it actually killed my 20-year-old daughter. She was a young adult who started out and her bright future was thrown away in a matter of seconds.” Because of someone who doesn’t think or care. I cried because she was so happy: she was so beautiful inside and out and she was alive, and now she’s not here, never to come again. I never had a chance to say goodbye.”

Malcolm White
Malcolm White

Following the sentencing, Detective David McCormack, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a tragedy, and it could have been entirely avoidable. I appeal to anyone who thinks it’s okay to have a drink and then drive, please remember to heart – the serious and devastating consequences of drink driving were clear.” Extremely in this case, White’s decision to drink and drive changed people’s lives forever.

The teenage girl who, with Fenella, was on her way home from work that day, is traumatized by what happened. Wyatt will have to live the rest of his life knowing that he took the life of a wonderful young woman who had so much to give and so much she wanted to achieve. It has caused a lot of pain to a lot of people.”

PC Callum Walchester, who apprehended Witt at the scene of the crash, said: “I’ve been a PC for 10 years and worked in the road police for almost six years, and he was the most drunk person I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car.”

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