Moment drink driver staggers to car before killing student in crash

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Shocking footage has shown a drugged-up driver staggering to his vehicle shortly before killing a ‘selfless’ young man in a horrific car crash.

Ryan McElroy, 35, was more than three times over the drink-drive limit when he left his father’s flat in Manchester on December 5.

He killed Louis Dube, 25, in a horrific collision on the city’s Mount Road.

McElroy had been travelling at speeds of up to 60mph as he sped through a 30mph limit area in his black Insignia.

Meanwhile, Mr Dube was sleeping in the backseat of his friend’s Vauxhall Crossland as they drove home from attending a church function.

The driver attempted to legally perform a U-turn when their vehicle was struck by McElroy.

Dube was seriously injured in the crash, and eventually died three days later in hospital.

The driver of the Vauxhall suffered a fractured pelvis and continues to recover from her injuries.

Louis Dube, 25, was described as a ‘selfless young man’ and was on his way home from church when he was hit by McElroy

When cops from Greater Manchester Police arrived at the scene they found McElroy slumped in a chair.

He initially gave them a false name and claimed ‘Dave from Broughton’ had been driving the car while he had been in the rear passenger seat, but later contradicted himself while receiving treatment from paramedics.

McElroy failed to provide a roadside breath sample, but later provided a blood sample which contained 274 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood.

A blood toxicology test showed he had Diazepam in his system, which was below the legal limit.

Footage shared at Manchester Crown Court shoed him struggling to walk down a flight of stairs after leaving his dad’s flat, staggering along the corridor and falling into walls before eventually making it to the outer door.

It took him 30 seconds to operate the door opening mechanism, before lurching through the building’s car park and into the driver’s seat of his powerful motor, veering off the side of the road as he drove away.

Shocking footage shows drug driver staggering to car before killing church volunteer Ryan McElroy Credit SWNS

Additional footage captured outside a house shows just how fast McElroy was speeding down the quiet suburban street, before the sickening sounds of the cars colliding together ring out through the quiet residential street

Prosecutors at Manchester Crown said he wasn’t wearing any shoes, and there was no evidence to indicate he applied the brakes or attempted to slow down before the collision.

In a victim impact statement, the driver of the car said: ‘I stayed in hospital until Friday 9 December 2022 and I went straight to Salford Royal Hospital to see Louis.

‘When I was told they were switching off his life support machine I remember feeling like every bone had just been shattered in my body and the worst emotional pain I have ever felt in my life at this point.

‘This incident has completely broken me. It has completely changed my life and turned it completely upside down.

‘I am a child of God and forgiveness is part of my very fibre and whatever made the man who did this do what he did, I forgive him.

‘But I cannot say that his actions haven’t changed me as a person forever.’

McElroy was jailed for 11 years on Thursday after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

Following the tragedy, Louis’ family paid a moving tribute to him. His mother, Nompi, and brother, Emmanuel, released a joint statement via Greater Manchester Police.

‘Louis was a loving son, brother, nephew, and friend to so many,’ the statement said. 

‘When Louis wasn’t in work, he could be found in church volunteering or studying for his master’s degree. Most recently, Louis was training for a marathon to help raise funds for the local homeless community.

‘There are so many stories that show who Louis was; now as a family we can reflect on these.

‘For example, we recall when Louis provided shelter to a family whose house had caught fire. Louis’ faith was so important to him, and it was emphasised in how he lived his life. 

‘Louis was selfless, kind-hearted and a joy to be around.’

Man sentenced to 17 years in prison for death by dangerous driving after a fatal road collision in Gorton Ryan McElroy

McElroy was jailed for 11 years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving charges (Picture: GMP)

Chief Inspector Ronald Neilson, from the Greater Manchester Police, branded McElroy a ‘dangerous and reckless’ individual after his sentencing.

He said: ‘My thoughts are of course with Louis’s family and loved ones at this difficult and saddening time.

‘I truly hope that the sentencing of Ryan McElroy – a dangerous and reckless individual – brings your family and loved ones some form of closure.

‘Ryan McElroy’s actions that evening were appalling and sickening. He knowingly and willingly chose to drive his car that evening whilst intoxicated on drugs and alcohol.

‘He showed absolutely no regard for the law or other road users that evening.

‘Sadly, Louis and his friend were caught in the crossfire of his shameful actions and now we have lost another life to reckless driving.’

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