Rotherham man jailed for fatal collision

Date published: 24 July 2018 08:27
Dated: 24 July 2018 09:18:23

A Rotherham man has been jailed for four years, following a collision which killed a 64-year-old man.

On the evening of 18 March last year, 21-year-old Joshua Alex Mewes was driving along the A630 Doncaster Road, Dalton, in a blue Honda Civic when he was involved in a collision with a pedestrian, 64-year-old Robert Kolt.

Mr Kolt, who had got off a bus on Doncaster Road, opposite the Silverwood Miners Welfare Club, had been crossing the road when he was hit by Mewes. Emergency services were called but he sadly died at the scene. 

During the investigation into Mr Kolt’s death, it was later discovered that Mewes, who was aged 20 at the time, had been driving at an estimated speed of around 65mph, 35mph over the legal speed limit.

Sergeant Donna Roden, from the Serious Collisions Unit, said: “The speed at which Mewes was driving meant Mr Kolt was killed instantly. Had Mewes been travelling within the legal speed limit of 30mph, we have been advised by experts that the impact would’ve been at around 10mph and Mr Kolt would’ve most likely survived.

“His death has brought heartache and pain to his friends and family. I’m pleased that Mewes has admitted his guilt and accepted that he was driving too fast, entering a guilty plea at Sheffield Crown Court at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving.”

Since entering his plea, Mewes, of 90 Highfield Park, Maltby, has been on remand awaiting sentencing. Yesterday (Monday 23 July), the judge handed him a four year sentence. He has also been disqualified from driving for nine years and will be required to undertake an extended driving test once the disqualification period has concluded.

Sgt Roden continued: “Seeing Mewes brag on social media about driving fast and in an antisocial manner has caused further distress to Mr Kolt’s loved ones, who are still mourning their loss today.

“I hope that knowing Mewes has been jailed for what happened last year offers some comfort to them but also sends a clear message to other drivers about the life-changing consequences speeding can have, on not only you as the driver, but on the lives of other people, too.”

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