A driver who fled the country after a fatal collision has been jailed after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink.
Young Noel Munyanyi, 33, was arrested and released on bail following the incident on Aikman Avenue, Leicester in the early hours of Sunday 4 May 2014.
His passenger, 30-year-old Kainos Mupungu, died as a result of his injuries.
Munyanyi was arrested at an address on Teignmouth Close, Leicester, on the morning of 4 May and provided a specimen of breath.
He was released on bail but left the country on 8 May 2014.
However he was arrested when he returned to the UK voluntarily on 23 October this year.
Both Munyanyi and Mr Mupungu, who were friends, had attended an event on the evening of Saturday 3 May. Other guests told police that Munyanyi appeared to be drunk during the course of the evening.
Shortly before midnight, Munyanyi drove away from the venue in the Mazda with Mr Mupungu in the passenger seat.
Leicestershire Police received reports that a red Mazda RX8 being driven by Munyanyi, of no fixed address, had crashed on Aikman Avenue shortly after midnight on 4 May.
A number of witnesses told officers that they saw Munyanyi fleeing the scene, leaving Mr Mupungu in the vehicle.
Munyanyi pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink at Leicester Crown Court.
A back calculation conducted by a forensic scientist based on the specimen that Munyanyi provided following his arrest on 4 May estimated that he would have been nearly four times the drink-drive limit at the time of the collision.
Munyanyi was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison and was disqualified from driving for eight years and four months.
He must also resit an extended driving test.
Detective Sergeant Ady Keeble said: “This was an incident where the driver probably knew that he was over the drink-drive limit but still chose to get behind the wheel of his vehicle. It was a tragic decision that resulted in another man losing his life.
“An incident like this should serve as a warning to people who think that it is acceptable to have a drink and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle, particularly in the run up to Christmas.
“It should also serve as a reminder that Leicestershire Police will continue to prosecute people who choose to drink and drive, even if they try to make an escape.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News