Drink driver on furlough smashed into boy on BMX and left him for dead in the road

Drink driver on furlough smashed into boy on BMX and left him for dead in the road

A driver who mowed down a 15-year-old cyclist in a hit-and-run incident and left him to die after bragging to friends about being drunk, has been jailed for almost six years.

Milan Gugyel, 34, spent nearly five hours downing beer and whisky before ploughing into Adam Barry who was riding home on his BMX.

The teen had been out for his 30 minutes of exercise, while the country was in strict lockdown measures, when he was hit on April 25 last year.

Shortly before the fatal crash, Hungarian national Gugyel – who was on furlough from his lorry driving job – sent texts to pals boasting about being “drunk”.

Adam had been cycling along Derby Road between Borrowash and Risley, Derbys., when he was struck by Gugyel’s Audi A2 at around 9pm.

Adam had been out for his 30 minutes of exercise when he was struck by the car
Derbyshire Police / SWNS)

Adam was just 15 years old when he died
Derbyshire Police / SWNS)

Gugyel had been on the phone shortly before he slammed into the back of Adam’s bike, sending him hurtling onto a grass verge.

Instead of calling 999 or checking on Adam, he raced back to his home and researched on the internet the best ways of scrapping wrecked cars.

A passerby raised the alarm and Adam was rushed to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where he died from his injuries.

Hungarian national Gugyel was caught the next day when police found debris from his car at the crash site.

Officers matched the damage to the damaged Audi which was parked outside his home in Heanor, Derbys.

Gugyel admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Derby Crown Court and was jailed for five years and 11 months on Thursday (23/12).

Judge Robert Egbuna also asked for the Home Office to review his leave to remain in the UK when he is released.

Milan Gugyel has been jailed for five years and 11 months
Derbyshire Police / SWNS)

In a victim impact statement, Adam’s father Peter said: “It is utterly heart breaking and grief on a whole different level.

“The feeling of loss is truly overwhelming and consumes you every minute of every day.

“The yearning to be with him again and see him is so great, nothing else really has a chance to enter your mind.

“Every morning we wake up to the horrific reality he has gone. Every evening when it gets dark, we think of him lying there alone on the grass verge.

“The circumstances of Adam’s death make it even harder to process, and we are in a constant state of disbelief and anger, you think you are starring in a horror movie, but it’s your life.”

“You don’t live, you just exist. We are just killing time.”

Detective Constable Scott Cooper, of Derbyshire Police, said: “Milan Gugyel did not set out to kill anyone that evening – but the simple fact is that he should not have been on the roads at all.

“After breaching lockdown rules, he got behind the wheel while being, in his own words, drunk and then began a phone conversation.

“This combination of factors left him unable to see what other drivers had – Adam riding his bike.

“The decisions he had made up to that point were selfish – but the next is beyond contempt.

“He left Adam on the side of the road to die.

“In situations like this every second counts and it was 20 minutes before Adam received any medical help, by which point it was too late.

“Instead of calling an ambulance his only thought was how to get away with the crime.”

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