x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Drugged driver gets four years for fatal accident

Prosecutors say the Omani man was under the influence during a high-speed accident.

DUBAI // A man who killed his friend when he drove after consuming drugs and crashed on a highway was sentenced to four years in prison this morning.

The Criminal Court of First Instance convicted EA, 29, from Oman, of consuming drugs, driving and speeding while under the influence of drugs, causing the death of a person and damaging public property.

On June 15, 2010, EA was driving to Oman after a visit to the UAE. He and his friend KG were under the influence of morphine, oxazepam, temazepam and other drugs as the car drove along Hatta Road near the border guard camp, prosecutors said.

EA was driving on the two-lane road at 130kph, which was faster than the designated limit, according to a technical committee report on the accident.

Court records showed he lost control of his Toyota Corolla and swerved across the road, hit a concrete barrier, then rebounded to the right.

KG suffered injuries to his head, chest and other parts of his body. He also suffered bleeding in his brain and other damage, which killed him almost immediately.

EA is facing the death of a person charge in the Court of Misdemeanours.