Man jailed following fatal road traffic collision, Rugeley

A man has been jailed for four years for causing death by dangerous driving following a collision in Rugeley in December 2014.
James Masters, aged 19 and from the Rugeley area, was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court today (Wednesday).

James Masters
James Masters

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving; failing to stop after a road accident and failing to report that accident at an earlier hearing.

In addition to the prison sentence he was disqualified from driving for five years.

At approximately 2.30am on 6 December 2014 two members of the public came across a man on a footpath on Western Springs Road, at its junction with Church Street, and called for help.

The man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Joseph Hunt, aged 22, from Rugeley.

Joseph Hunt
Joseph Hunt

A statement from Joseph’s family reads: “Words cannot express how much Joe meant to our family. He was so loved by us all. He was hugely popular with hundreds of friends who loved him too. We miss him every day and will always remember him with love and pride.”

DI Dan Ison, senior investigating officer, said: “We welcome today’s sentencing and hope it brings some comfort to Joseph’s family and friends.

“This case should serve as a timely reminder to all motorists to drive carefully and with consideration, otherwise face the consequences.

“We are committed to working with our partners to ensure safety on the county’s roads and reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries.”

Author: sp16394

Press Officer at Staffordshire Police