Andover crash
Martin Rogers, Left, with his brother Dean to the right.

A motorist who killed a pedestrian while doing 50 mph in a residential street has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Martin Rogers, 31 was pronounced dead on Smannell Road in Andover in February 2018.

Winchester Crown Court heard that 20-year-old Ben Jobling was distracted by an illegal overtaking manoeuvre before the crash.

Jobling was told that he can expect to be imprisoned when he is sentenced on 6th December 2019.

Jobling’s Vauxhall Corsa struck him at 17:10 GMT on 25 February while Mr Rogers was with his friends on Smannell Road.

The prosecutors said that there was “no evidence of braking at all”.

The court concluded that when Mr Rogers went on the road to Icknield Way he actually was “drowsy and disorientated” from a “cocktail of drugs”

He had taken cannabis, cocaine, diazepam, methadone and morphine, the court heard.

The incident took place in Smannell Road at its intersection with the Romney Road in Andover to Icknield Way, Jobling admitted the speed and unlawful overtaking but claimed that Mr Rogers ran into the road.

Jobling pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving but was convicted of the more serious charge after a trial

Judge Susan Evans QC granted Jobling bail and imposed a driving ban ahead of his sentencing at Salisbury Crown Court.

She told him: “I don’t want to give you any indication that the sentence will be anything other than immediate custody.”

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