A Chigwell man has been jailed after killing an elderly male pedestrian while drug driving.

Bobby Ward, 26, of Lambourne Road, Chigwell, was sentenced to 30 months in prison after appearing at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, February 18.

He was also disqualified from driving for 51 months and ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

Ward crashed his silver Mercedes into Terrance Oliver, a 61-year-old from Rotherham, at around 9pm in Brentwood on March 16, 2018.

Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, Mr Oliver died at the scene.

Blood samples taken from Ward showed that he was over the drug drive limit and he was arrested by Essex Police.

Ward was later charged with causing death by driving without due care or consideration while unfit through drugs.

Investigating Officer Det Con Jenny Pirie said: "In a tribute to Terrance Oliver, his family described him as a kind and generous man, loved by his family.

"While nothing will ever bring him back, I hope his family feel a sense of justice from the outcome.

"The consequences of drug driving are huge, it could lead to losing your driving license, your job your home or, as in this case, someone's life.

"Drugs are illegal so you shouldn't be taking them anyway, but if you are going to please don't get behind the wheel.

"I hope this sentence acts as a deterrent to any driver who is considering drug drive."