Man who killed boy, 16, while driving drunk and on wrong side of the road is jailed

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James Biscoe has been jailed for seven years  (Met Police)
James Biscoe has been jailed for seven years (Met Police)

A man who killed a teenager while driving drunk on the wrong side of a road in Bromley has been jailed for seven years.

James Biscoe, 21, was found guilty of ramming his car into 16-year-old Junior Alexander on July 18 last year while driving on the wrong side of Southborough Lane.

Junior had been riding his e-scooter when he was struck by Biscoe’s red Fiat punto at 1.20am, throwing him into a nearby tree.

He suffered serious injuries and was found by members of the public around eight minutes later.

Police and paramedics attended and Junior was rushed to hospital, where he died shortly after 6am.

Junior Alexander was killed last July (Met Police)
Junior Alexander was killed last July (Met Police)

Biscoe fled the scene in the car after the collision but was later found by police asleep at the wheel in nearby Southwood Close at 5.25am.

Officers woke him and noted his speech was slurred, his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled strongly of alcohol.

A breath test was administered and Biscoe was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving whilst unfit through drink.

Detectives found that at the time of the collision Biscoe would have had an alcohol level within his body of approximately 106 micrograms per 100 milliliters of breath - well above the legal limit of 35.

CCTV analysis confirmed that Mr Biscoe had driven on the wrong side of the road and was travelling at a speed of at least 50mph on a 30mph road.

Pieces of debris found at the scene – including a lower front grille and plastic skirting from the underside of the vehicle – were also proven to be from Mr Biscoe’s Punto.

Mr Biscoe was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, driving over the alcohol limit and failing to stop at the scene of a collision last January.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison at the Old Bailey on Monday after pleading guilty to the offences. The sentence which took into consideration his early guilty pleas.

Mr Biscoe was also banned from driving for ten years.

Junior’s mother, Donna Lonergan, said her son was “a kind, humble, intelligent, respectful and handsome young man” who had dreams of becoming a lawyer.

She said: “That man killed my innocent son. He made the choice to drive drunk, at speed on the wrong side of the road. He then left him to die alone on the road side. He didn’t even call him an ambulance to give him a fighting chance.

“Our lives will never be the same, we are broken. The night he brutally killed my son, my heart stopped beating. I love you Junior, you will never be forgotten.”

Detective Sergeant Nick Bale, from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Junior was a young boy who had his entire life ahead of him when it was cut short in the most awful of ways.

“The manner of Biscoe’s driving, and the condition he was in at the time, meant that Junior’s injuries were catastrophic. I know that life for his family has never been the same since, and they will continue to grieve for him for many, many years to come.”

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