Editor’s comment: Drug-drive tragedy is a stark reminder

Ryan Picksley-Wallhead
Ryan Picksley-Wallhead

The jailing of a drug-driver whose reckless behaviour led to the death of his friend is a timely reminder of the dangers of driving under the influence.

Christmas is, of course, a time of the year when police launch appeals urging people not to be tempted to drink or take drugs before taking the wheel.

The death of Worksop man Krystian Namlik is a stark reminder to anyone out there who is struggling to get this simple message.

Krystian will have been looking forward to Christmas two years ago when his life was cruelly snatched away from him.

A detective who investigated the case described his death as ‘completely avoidable’ this week - and the facts make it difficult to come to any other conclusion.

Krystian lost his life on a country road near Carburton just seven days before Christmas 2012.

The driver, 27-year-old Ryan Picksley-Wallhead, had taken ketamine and cannabis before getting behind the wheel of a car.

Ketamine is used to tranquilise animals the size of horses - and yet Picksley-Wallhead felt it was acceptable to drive himself and his friend with this powerful drug in his blood.

To make matters even worse, his BMW coupe was poorly maintained - it was found by officers to have three defective tyres - and he was speeding along a rural stretch of road.

This mindless idiot deserves every single day of his four years and 10 months in prison - and most of us will think he’s got off extremely lightly.

I hope he spends his time behind bars thinking about the life his own stupidity has taken away.

I also hope that people read the story this week and take the very clear message it sends on board.

Never take alcohol or drugs before driving. It’s as simple as that.