Drunk driver back behind bars after killing second person

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Matthew Plimmer, 35, previously caused an accident which led to the death of a teenager and has now caused another which killed a 25-year-old carer. (Nottinghamshire Police)

A drunk driver is back behind bars after killing a second person while driving.

Matthew Plimmer, 35, was on the wrong side of the road and under the influence of alcohol when he collided head-on with a car traveling in the opposite direction, killing Jessica Drury, a 25-year-old carer year.

Plimmer was previously jailed for causing the death of a teenager in a similar crash in October 2006, and was also banned from driving after he was caught drunk driving in October 2021.

In the latest accident, which happened in Oxton, Nottinghamshire, on January 19 this year, he tried to cover his tracks, telling other motorists who had stopped at the scene that someone else was driving and had fled the scene.

But despite the lie continuing after his arrest, DNA evidence proved Plimmer was behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

Plimmer attempted to lie to police, saying someone else was driving at the time of the accident.  (Nottinghamshire Police)

Plimmer attempted to lie to police, saying someone else was driving at the time of the accident. (Nottinghamshire Police)

Nottinghamshire Police said his DNA was found on the driver’s airbag and inside the damaged driver’s side windscreen, and there was no evidence to suggest anyone else was in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

Plimmer, of Raylawn Street, Mansfield, eventually pleaded guilty to causing death by reckless driving under the influence, causing death by driving while disqualified and driving while disqualified and was imprisoned for nine years. He must also serve an additional three years of license when released.

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Collision Investigator Sarah Butler, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “At the center of this tragic case was a popular and much loved young woman whose loss is felt every day by his family and friends.

“She was a dedicated worker who devoted her life to helping others and at the time of the collision she was returning home after supporting an elderly couple in the area.

The accident happened on Southwell Road, Oxton, Nottinghamshire, in January this year.  (Google Maps)

The accident happened on Southwell Road, Oxton, Nottinghamshire, in January this year. (Google Maps)

She added: “Plimmer made a conscious decision to go and drink at a local pub that day. He chose to ignore his driving ban and he chose to drive under the influence of alcohol.

“He then chose to continue his lies for as long as he could about what happened that night.

“Jessica, on the other hand, had no choice in all of this.

“This appalling tragedy was entirely Plimmer’s fault and I am happy that he is now starting a very long prison sentence.

“I hope this phrase serves as a warning to others about the potential consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol.”

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