Pedestrian death drink driver jailed

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A persistent drink driver who crashed into a pensioner as she crossed the road was jailed for 10 years today.

Hilda Jepson died after she was hit by Lee Pell's Renault Clio on May 17 as she crossed Sutton Road in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire.

Pell, of Church Street West, Pinxton, Derbyshire, earlier admitted causing the great-grandmother's death while being under the influence of alcohol.

The 24-year-old has now been convicted five times for drink driving offences.

Speaking outside Nottingham Crown Court, Mrs Jepson's son Ray said: "The family of Hilda Jepson was here today not for revenge but for justice.

"We hope Pell is remorseful, sad and truly sorry for what he has done, but no amount of time in prison will be enough for our family. Hilda is gone and will not return.

"He, however, will return to freedom and a life."

Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, from Nottinghamshire Police, added: "We're pleased that the judge has handed down such a lengthy sentence, and hope that it makes anyone else who thinks it is acceptable to drink and drive sit up and pay attention to what we are saying."