A motorist who killed a young motorcycle display team instructor while speeding through east London while high on cocaine has been jailed for seven years.
Gerald Cotter, 49, was driving “in a crazy way” when he caused the death of 23-year-old Kieron Fevrier, overtaking cars at speed and forcing other motorists to swerve and brake sharply.
As he sped along Orient Way in Leyton at up to 53mph in a 30 limit, Cotter forced another driver to brake sharply and causing Mr Fevrier to hit the back of the car.
The motorcyclist, who was an instructor for Newham based display team the Imps, suffered fatal head injuries and died at the scene just 30 minutes after the crash, on November 30 last year.
Cotter, who was also caught with three stolen passports and a lock knife in his car, tried to blame others for the crash, but eventually pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving without any insurance.
At the Old Bailey this morning, Judge Stephen Kramer QC jailed him for six years for the driving offences, six months for possession of a knife, and an extra six months for handling stolen goods.
“You were overtaking vehicles on the wrong side of the road, going over crossed hatches on the road, causing other vehicles to swerve to avoid you”, he said.
“One car in particular had to brake hard and that in turn meant Mr Fevrier also had to brake. He hit the car in front of him and came off.
“Witnesses described you as driving in a crazy way.”
Cotter stopped a short distance from the scene, and admitted to police officers he had taken cocaine that night. However, tests failed to determine how much of the drug was in his system and a drug driving charge was left to lie on the file.
However, the judge said Cotter’s “poor driving record, his attempts to shift the blame to others for the crash, and his admission of drug use all aggravated the crime.
“It’s clear you have deprived a family of a much loved family member”, he added. “Nothing I can do today can turn the clock back to before this incident.”
On Friday, the victim’s mother, Nicki Fevrier, paid a heartfelt tribute to her son, describing him as “beautiful soul - a kind, generous and funny young man who was loved by everyone he knew."
"The night we realised our beautiful Keiron was killed will be etched in our minds forever," she said.
"It was like someone ripped out our hearts slowly."
Cotter, of Prout Way, Hackney, previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, handling stolen goods, and possession of a knife.