A “selfish” driver who killed his friend in a horror crash before trying to pin the blame on the victim’s brother has been jailed for more than eight years.
Dylan Lipinski, 28, appeared drunk behind the wheel when people from a nearby pub went to help – but refused to provide a sample after the fatal collision on May 30.
He admitted causing the death of 30-year-old dad-of-two Carl Service who was sitting in the back of his VW Jetta, while driving dangerously in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.
Residents nearby heard a ‘huge bang’ after Lipinski lost control and crashed into a van on Smedley Lane, at about 7.40pm.
Mr Service was thrown from the car and died about an hour and a half after the collision.
The motorist tried to get help from a nearby pub. “I need help, there’s been a crash, my mate’s dying,” he said.
The pub manager noticed he had blood on his head and appeared drunk.
But when police arrived he made the cowardly claim that the victim’s brother Jamie, who had been in the front passenger seat, was driving.
As people from the pub went to help, Lipinski started to run away and a police officer followed and handcuffed him.
Carl Service, a ‘kind’ and ‘caring’ father to three-year-old Myla and one-year-old Jaxx, died about an hour-and-a-half after the crash.
Now the driver has been jailed for eight years and eight months, following a hearing at Manchester Crown Court.
Lipinski, of Gale Court, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen, failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance.
After the crash, officers discovered that Lipinski was disqualified from driving.
He was initially taken to hospital, and failed to provide a sample of blood.
An investigation by police confirmed that Lipinski was the driver of the VW Jetta.
The crash happened on a bend which has a 20mph limit.
Officers found that the crash happened because the car was going too fast for the bend.
It was estimated that Lipinski was travelling at more than 50mph prior to the crash.
Carl Service’s partner Rachel Dignam previously spoke of her heartbreak, describing his death as a ‘nightmare’.
She said: “I received a phone call on the night (of the crash) to say he had been in an accident.
“They did everything they could to save his life. It’s like a bad dream.”
Flowers and balloons were left at the scene of the crash in tribute to Mr Service.
After the hearing, Sergeant Andrew Page, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a completely reckless and irresponsible act which resulted in the death of a man.
“Our thoughts remain with Carl’s family at this incredibly difficult time.
“Lipinski is a selfish individual who didn’t give a thought to the danger his actions posed to the passengers in his car, other road users and members of the public.
“I hope today’s sentencing gives Lipinski the time he needs to reflect on the amount of devastation and hurt his selfish actions have caused and sends a clear message to anyone who thinks it is acceptable to act in such a manner, that these actions can have serious consequences.”