Drink-driver jailed after death crash

Methil man Lee Hamilton has been jailed after a fatal drink-driving accident
Methil man Lee Hamilton has been jailed after a fatal drink-driving accident

A speeding drink driver who killed a teenage friend in a crash in Leven, after spending hours downing pints and shots at a wedding reception, has been jailed for four years and eight months.

Lee Hamilton, who held only a provisional licence, lost control of his Peugeot 106 and smashed into a wall, resulting in the death of Kristoffer Brister (19), early on November 30 last year.

A judge told Hamilton on Friday: “ Regrettably, this is not the only case to come before this court where a young driver’s dangerous driving has resulted in the loss of another young life.”

Lord Uist said at the High Court in Edinburgh: “This is a tragic case as are all such cases.”

The judge said there was nothing that he could say or do that would undo “the terrible consequences” of Hamilton’s decision to drive a car.

Hamilton, of Den Walk, Methil, had earlier admitted causing the death of Mr Brister, formerly of Mountfleurie Street, Leven by driving dangerously after drinking and colliding with a wall at the A915 road at Windygates Road.

The court had heard Hamilton (23), of Den Walk, Methil, was helped out of the badly damaged vehicle after shouting for help – but ran away into gardens when police turned up at the scene.