Man convicted of drink-driving after death of teens in Walsall collision
A man has today (Tuesday 28 May) been convicted of drink-driving, but found not guilty of causing the deaths of two teens in a collision in March last year.
Stephen Lloyd was driving along Broadway West, Walsall in his Rover at around 11.30pm on Tuesday 13 March when he turned onto his former front drive, across the path of a motorbike travelling in the opposite direction.
The car and bike collided and such was the impact, 19-year old Alexander Lees and his 18-year-old friend Tarik Campbell, who was pillion passenger, were sadly pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Lloyd, aged 60, was arrested at the scene and blew more than double the limit on an alcohol breath test. He was later charged with two counts of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol.
At the time, Alex Lees’ parents described their only son. They said: “Alex loved life. He could never sit still and was always on the go, he lived every moment to the fullest. Standing at 6ft 4ins tall, he was a big character and always had amazing ideas.
“His main love was for motorbikes, but he also loved computers and his guitar. Words cannot begin to express how much we will miss him.
“Who knows what the future would have brought for our only son. He was taken, along with his friend Tarik far too soon. We love you and we miss you son."
Tarik’s family said, “Tarik was a well-loved son, grandson, brother, cousin and nephew. As well as that he was a good friend and we couldn’t be more proud of him.
“He was a hardworking and well-mannered young man and a huge role model for all of his siblings.
“He was a genuine kind-hearted person and his personality shined all the time. Tarik will be missed so much by everyone who knew him."
Following a week-long trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Lloyd was found guilty of drink-driving by a jury and sentenced to six months in prison – the maximum possible for a drink-driving charge.
Lloyd was found not guilty of causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol and was banned from driving for 10 years and three months.