Council worker in fatal drink-drive collision

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A council worker has been convicted over the death of a pensioner in a high-speed crash.

West Dorset District Council employee Stewart Rosoman had been driving a friend home after an evening at a pub in the town of Milton Abbas, when he veered into the wrong lane and collided head on with a Honda Jazz travelling in the opposite direction.

The car's driver, retiree David Waterland, 68, died at the scene. His wife Margaret, 66, was left with serious injuries.

Dorchester Crown Court heard that 51-year-old Rosoman was boasting to his friend about the performance of his MG convertible sports car during the drive, telling him: "We have just hit 110 miles an hour," the Daily Mail reports.

Police were unable to breathalyse Rosoman at the accident scene, as he was badly injured. A hospital nurse who administered treatment to him told the court that he had admitted to drinking four pints, though the prosecution allege he had consumed six.

Rosoman entered a not guilty plea to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving, and had tried to pass blame onto his victim, saying that Mr Waterland had suffered a dizzy spell.

However, he was found guilty and was told to expect a prison sentence.

West Dorset District Council chief executive Matt Prosser, issued the following statement: "The council would like to pass on its sincere condolences to the family and friends of the gentleman who died in this tragic collision.

"Once sentencing has taken place the council will conclude its investigation into the matter of Mr Rosoman's position."

Rosoman will be sentenced on November 4.