Justice for Darcy after selfish and exceptionally reckless drink driver is jailed for nine years

justice for darcy after selfish and exceptionally reckless drink driver is jailed for nine years



An uninsured drink driver who claimed a woman he had fatally injured was feigning her injuries has been jailed for nine years.

Godwin Ohue was more than four times the legal drink-driving limit when he collided with another car in Dartford in June 2019.


Twenty-year-old Darcy Bruce-Lawrence died at the scene, where Ohue repeatedly claimed she was faking her injuries and had to be pulled away from medical officers after he tried to film them while they attempted to save her life.  



The 40-year-old, of Church Road, Greenhithe, admitted causing death by careless driving whilst over the drink drive limit and a separate count of causing death whilst driving whilst uninsured. He was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday 27 August 2020.

The fatal collision took place in East Hill, Dartford, at around 11.40pm on 28 June and was captured on privately held CCTV.

The footage showed a Vauxhall Meriva performing a three-point-turn in the road, which was quiet when the manoeuvre began and well lit.

Ohue’s car then suddenly drove into the side of the vehicle, with sufficient force to move it sideways 14 metres. Forensic investigators have since found he was travelling between 48 and 51mph, despite being in a 30mph zone.

The impact caused Miss Bruce-Lawrence, a rear seat passenger, to sustain fatal injuries. The driver also sustained multiple serious injuries that required urgent medical attention.


A Kent Police patrol, which was nearby, heard the collision and promptly attended the scene. They were then presented with Ohue saying the driver of the car was drunk, had pulled into his path from a junction and the young woman was faking her injuries.


He then approached medical teams and attempted to film them whilst they tended to Miss Bruce-Lawrence.


Kent Police officers escorted him away from the scene and, after being arrested, he gave a breath test reading of 150 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.


Police Constable Darren Chapman, Kent Police’s investigating officer for the case, said: ‘Ohue’s selfish and exceptionally reckless decision to drive while drunk has needlessly robbed a young woman of her life – and her family of a future together.


‘His behaviour after the collision was beyond appalling and the decisions he made on that night have caused those who knew the victim endless amounts of grief and pain.


‘Although I am pleased that a custodial sentence has been imposed, I understand that for the family of Darcy they will live with the effects of that night for the rest of their lives. I sincerely hope other people look at this case and think twice before they get behind the wheel after consuming any alcohol.’