A DRUNK driver from Somerset who killed a pedestrian after ploughing into her has been jailed for 14 years.

Shane Bovey, 41, from Yeovil, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday, May 2) after previously admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

He also admitted two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and aggravated taking a vehicle without the owner's consent.

Bovey was also disqualified from driving for 10 years once he is released from prison.

He stole a Mercedes CLK 320 in Lyme Regis and drove to the village of Mosterton, in Dorset, in the evening of February 8 this year..

The victims – 48-year-old Nicole Bowden, her daughter Emily Fox-Williams, 24, and an 11-month-old boy in a pushchair – were walking along the B3066 Main Road, on a stretch of the road which is in a 30mph speed limit and has no pavements.

As the defendant approached a left-hand bend, he lost control of the vehicle and hit the three pedestrians.

All three were airlifted to Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, and sadly Nicole Bowden died during the afternoon of the following day.

Emily Fox-Williams remains in a serious condition in hospital with significant life-changing injuries.

The 11-month old child was treated for serious injuries and subsequently released from hospital.

Enquiries established the defendant has been drinking at a pub in Lyme Regis for around five hours and was getting a lift from another man when he became agitated.

They both got out of the car and Bovey took the man’s keys before driving off in his vehicle.

Bovey was seen by witnesses travelling at speeds estimated at around 60mph as he drove through the 30mph speed limit in Mosterton prior to the collision.

The vehicle caught fire following the incident and members of the public came to assist the casualties at the scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.

Bovey was described as being verbally aggressive and drunk and walked off before officers arrived.

He was located a short time afterwards in a back garden after police were notified by the resident.

He was arrested and taken to hospital for treatment to a fractured sternum.

Sgt Jay Griffin, of the Dorset Police traffic unit, said: “Shane Bovey’s extremely reckless actions on the night of Wednesday 8 February 2023 had devastating consequences, with the death of one woman and two others being seriously injured.

“He was intoxicated and driving at excessive speed through a rural village before losing control of his vehicle and colliding with the three pedestrians.

“Our thoughts go out to the victims and their loved ones, and we have continued to do all we can to support them throughout the investigation and court process.

“I hope this tragic incident can send a clear message to anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drink and drugs of the truly awful consequences that can occur.

“We will continue to do all we can to catch anyone who poses a risk to themselves and other road users by driving while under the influence.

"We will ensure those who do break the law are investigated robustly and evidence is brought before the court to ensure they are held to account for their offending.”