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Drug driver jailed for killing pedestrian moments after he stepped off Coventry bus


A drug driver has been jailed after hitting a pedestrian moments after he stepped off a bus in Coventry.

Kerry Wester was crossing Binley Road when he was struck by motorist Bradley Costello, who had been behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Insignia.

Mr Wester, 58, died in hospital the day after the November 18, 2018, crash.

Costello, who had taken cannabis and cocaine in the lead up to the incident, was accelerating past another car when he hit Mr Webster.



Kerry Wester

Costello, who also had his partner’s teenage daughter and her friend in the car at the time, remained at the scene and following a roadside drugs test he was arrested.

The 32-year-old, of Coombe Avenue, Coventry, admitted causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit for cannabis and cocaine.

He was jailed for four years and 10 months at Warwickshire Justice Centre on Friday (19 March).

He was also banned from driving for seven years and five months and will be subject to an extended re-test if he reapplies for a licence.

Inspector Steve Radford, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Costello knowingly got behind the wheel while under the influence of both cannabis and cocaine and as a result of his actions Mr Wester tragically lost his life.

“Mr Wester was much-loved by his family and friends and our thoughts remain with them as they continue to live with their sad loss.”





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