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Driver, 26, who killed 20-year-old workmate had downed 'SIX pints of cider', court hears

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Driver, 26, who killed his 20-year-old workmate in horror smash was filmed swigging alcohol while doing 100mph ‘after downing up to SIX pints of cider’, court hears

  • Meirion Roberts, 26, and Lewis Morgan, 20, went for ‘a spin’ after a work party
  • Swansea Crown Court heard that Roberts had six pints of cider before driving
  • After crashing, Lewis Morgan died of a severe head trauma at the scene in Blaenau, South Wales


A 26-year-old driver filmed at 100mph on Snapchat drank up to SIX pints of cider before killing his workmate, a court heard yesterday.

Meirion Roberts, 26, was drinking at a work party in December 2020 before he drove his car into a telegraph pole, killing his colleague Lewis Morgan, 20, Swansea Crown Court was told.

The pair had decided to ‘go for a spin’ in Roberts’ white Vauxhall Corsa when it veered off the road and flipped on its roof.

Mr Morgan suffered severe head trauma in the smash and died at the scene in the village of Blaenau, South Wales. 

Lewis Morgan, 20, suffered severe head trauma in the smash and died at the scene in the village of Blaenau, South Wales.

A court heard Mr Roberts was earlier captured in Snapchat videos while he drank from a bottle of alcohol while driving. 

The footage also included the car’s speedometer which showed it was being driven at up to 100mph.

Mr Roberts from South Wales, admits causing death by careless driving but denies causing death by dangerous driving. 

The court heard the pair worked together at Fine-Edge Construction Ltd before the crash in December 2020.

Company director Philip Jones said the firm had booked two tables at The Cottage Inn for a three hour stay.

He said he and his employees drank ‘five or six pints with our food’ – and added that Roberts drank cider.

Mr Jones said: ‘Roberts and I were the last to leave. Roberts said his girlfriend was picking him up but she went to the wrong pub.

Meirion Roberts, who caused the death of his friend in a car crash said he "didn't feel drunk" before he got behind the wheel

Meirion Roberts, who caused the death of his friend in a car crash said he “didn’t feel drunk” before he got behind the wheel

‘When I left he was on his phone and appeared to be sorting out his lift. I found out the next morning that Mr Morgan had died and that Roberts was driving.

‘I have no idea how they came to be in that car – there was no reason for Roberts to be driving.

‘If I had known he was even considering driving I would have taken the keys off him. It’s really tragic news and it’s had a massive effect on us all.’

Swansea Crown Court heard Mr Morgan had been captured on Snapchat videos after leaving the pub while he drank from a bottle of alcohol while driving.

The footage also included the car’s speedometer which showed it was being driven at up to 100mph.

Colleague Llyr Williams said he received a Snapchat video from victim Mr Morgan after the work gathering.

He said it showed Mr Morgan as a front-seat passenger in a car which he believed was being driven by Roberts.

Mr Williams said: ‘I had concerns that Roberts could have been drink-driving. However I didn’t contact anyone to raise the alarm.

‘Lewis looked like he was enjoying himself and he was good friends with Roberts.’

The court heard Roberts was spotted on CCTV after 8pm when he went into to a Bargain Booze store to buy alcohol.

The car was later seen ‘speeding and swerving’ in a 30mph zone through village streets before it flipped on its roof.

The court heard speed investigators estimated the car was travelling up to 48mph when it crashed.

The fatal crash on Penygroes Road in Blaenau, Carmarthenshire took place in December 2020

The fatal crash on Penygroes Road in Blaenau, Carmarthenshire took place in December 2020

Roberts gave an alcohol reading of 54mg per 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80 – more than five hours after the smash.

Dr Paul Williams, an expert in breath alcohol analysis, said that he calculated that Roberts’ alcohol level would have been over the limit when the collision occurred.

Prosecutor Carina Hughes said: ‘Roberts not only drove while under the influence of alcohol but drove while consuming alcohol. He drove at speed and at one point in excess of the speed limit for over a mile. At one point he drove at 100mph.

‘He could not control his vehicle and that is why he was seen swerving on more than one occasion. The defendant fell far below what would be expected of a careful and competent driver.’

Roberts, of Ammanford, South Wales, admitted causing death by careless driving but denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The trial continues.

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