Shocking CCTV footage shows a man downing five pints and three shots moments before he ran over and killed a cyclist.
Royal Welsh Guard Nicholas Cutmore, 24, has been jailed for six years after he ‘ploughed at speed’ and left grandfather-of-nine David Gunson, 66, to die on a road in Wiltshire.
Mr Gunson, a South West Trains guard, was cycling to work to cover for a sick colleague when he was killed three days before Christmas in 2016.
Mr Cutmore could ‘barely stand’ as he got in his Suzuki Swift, after drinking five pints of Fosters and three Jagerbombs at the Ram pub in Tidworth.
Minutes later he mowed down Mr Gunson on the A338 towards Salisbury. Mr Cutmore, who was almost twice the legal drinking limit, fled the scene.
The Tidworth-based soldier was convicted of causing death by careless driving and banned from using a car for nine years.
Mr Gunson’s devastated family have written to the Attorney General asking to appeal.
They have also criticised the Ministry of Defence for Mr Cutmore’s ability to drive out of Tidworth barracks drunk.
Mr Gunson’s son Glen Simpson told the BBC: ‘If he’d had too much to drink and taken a weapon other than a car and killed somebody I’m pretty sure it would be manslaughter, so why is it not the same with a car?
‘He made a conscious decision to get in his car that night knowing he had been drinking and made a conscious decision to leave my dad after he hit him.’