Thetford man admits causing death by careless driving

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A 33-year-old man from Thetford has admitted causing the death of another man in a road crash last month.

Raimondas Saveikis, of Canons Walk, appeared today (Friday) at Ipswich Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while over the legal drink drive limit.

Mark Smyth ANL-161014-153519001

Mark Smyth ANL-161014-153519001

It followed a collision on the B1107 Thetford Road at Santon Downham on October 9 involving a red Ford Mondeo driven by Saveikis and a green Fiat panda car.

The accident occurred at about 5am close to the exit from the High Lodge Visitor Centre and resulted in the driver of the Fiat, Mark Smyth, 46, from Brandon, sustaining fatal injuries.

Friends and members of Mr Smyth’s family were in court to hear Saveikis enter his plea.

Prosecuting, Michael Crimp said initial scientific tests indicated that Saveikis could have had at least twice the legal level of alcohol in his blood at the time of the crash.

Saveikis, who listened to the hearing through an interpreter, had no previous convictions recorded against him in the UK, said Mr Crimp.

The court heard that Mr Smyth’s widow had prepared a victim impact statement which she wished to have read when Saveikis was sentenced.

Judge David Goodin warned Saveikis that he was facing a ‘substantial’ prison sentence when he returns to court on December 12.

Saveikis had suffered injuries in the collision and spent several days in hospital, said Hugh Vass, defending. Mr Vass added: “Of course, he has only himself to blame.”

Judge Goodin told Saveikis: “The offence to which you have pleaded is, as you are aware, a serious one.

“You caused the death of, you killed Mr Smyth because you got into a car when you were loaded up to a lesser or greater degree with alcohol.”

Saveikis will continue to be granted bail, monitored by an electronic tag, until he returns to court to be sentenced, said Judge Goodin.