Cocaine-fuelled driver jailed for killing Kettering man

Mark Fenton. NNL-180706-151533005
Mark Fenton. NNL-180706-151533005

A driver who was high on cocaine has been jailed after a crash which killed a man from Kettering.

Mark Fenton, 49, of Loring Road, Dunstable, was jailed for six years and nine months after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs following an earlier trial.

Fenton was driving an Iveco Daily van near to the JCB World Parts Centre on the westbound carriageway of the A50 in Staffordshire when he collided with a Mercedes Sprinter box van on August 31, 2017.

The driver of the Mercedes van, 62-year-old David Rowlatt from Kettering, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers from our Staffordshire Police’s collision investigation unit arrested Fenton immediately after he tested positive in a roadside drugs test for cocaine.

PC Martin Colclough from the collision investigation unit said: “This is a clear example of the tragic consequences of driving whilst under the influence of drugs.

“I hope this sends a message that driving whilst on drugs can result in a long custodial sentence.

“Whilst no sentence can ever undo the pain and suffering caused to the family of Mr Rowlatt after their loss, I can only hope that the conclusion of this case helps the family in coming to terms with what happened.

“Our thoughts are of course with his family at this time.”