A speeding drug dealer ran a red light and crossed onto the wrong side of the road, killing a father and his two-year-old son.
James Gibson had been taking cannabis and also had alcohol in his system when he crashed into the side of a car driven by John Woodcock – who was with his two-year-old son Lewis – on Chesterfield Road North in Pleasley, Nottinghamshire, on January 15 last year.
The 31-year-old was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
They also banned him from driving for 18 years.
The court heard another car behind Woodcock’s was also hit, leaving three people with minor injuries.
Nottinghamshire Police said Gibson had “traveled through a red light, engaged vehicles and consistently exceeded the 30mph speed limit, reaching speeds of up to 82mph”.
He said his Audi had been recorded at 82mph, 75mph and 52mph in three different places before the crash.
Gibson had to be cut from his vehicle and later claimed he had no memory of the crash.
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After the hearing, the wife of Mr Woodcock, 44, thanked the emergency services who tried to help her family.
“I know we didn’t get the result we hoped for, but I know all these people did everything they could to help my kids,” said Caroline Woodcock.
“The two amazing ambulance staff who were there for me while we waited, I will never forget you or everything you did for me.
“Now we finally have the sentence and that part is over, my kids can finally rest in peace and me and the family can try to build some kind of life where we try to come to terms with this horrible loss.”