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‘Drunk driver ruined our lives’

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Graham Brandon, 69, of Milldale Road, Sawley, who was killed by drink driver Thomas Eyre, in Draycott Road, Breaston, on Feb 10, 2014.

Eyre was jailed for five years at Derby Crown Court on 22/8/2014.


Picture shows Graham Brandon holding his great grandson Zac Newton

Picture: SUBMITTED Graham Brandon, 69, of Milldale Road, Sawley, who was killed by drink driver Thomas Eyre, in Draycott Road, Breaston, on Feb 10, 2014. Eyre was jailed for five years at Derby Crown Court on 22/8/2014. Picture shows Graham Brandon holding his great grandson Zac Newton

The disabled widow of a 69-year-old Long Eaton man who died in a head-on smash with a drink-driver says she will ‘’never get over the loss’’.

Graham Brandon was killed in the head-on collision with 23-year-old Thomas Eyre.

Eyre was jailed for five years on Friday for causing death by dangerous driving, drink-driving and driving without insurance. Derby Crown Court heard he was driving at 70mph in the 30mph Draycott Road, in Breaston at 8.50pm on February 10. He was over the legal drink-drive limit.

Graham Brandon’s wife Carol Brandon said this year would have been her 50th wedding anniversary to husband Graham and their 70th birthdays. But instead she and her family, from Long Eaton, feel their ‘lives are over’.

Mrs Brandon, of Milldale Road, whose husband was her sole carer, said: “I feel like my life is now over.

“Please, please don’t drink and drive, it is devastating.

“This year was supposed to be one of our happiest. Then he was suddenly taken away. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren miss him so much. He was such a great person.’’

The court was told how Eyre had been drinking in a pub from 2.50pm to 8.30pm on February 10.

Alex Wolfson, prosecuting, said Eyre got behind the wheel of his car and collided head-on with Mr Brandon, who was travelling in the opposite direction.

Judge John Waitt handed Eyre, from Breaston, a five-year prison sentence and disqualified him from driving for five years.

 

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