JAILED: Hit-and-run driver who knocked young soldier 50 feet into the air


Coldstream Keep Ben Regan, 20, died when he was struck by a Mini Cooper rammed by Jake Polmeer, 27, just a week after taking scrap in the famous Trooping the Colour ceremony for the Queen.

A court heard Polmeer was nomadic at up to 40mph in the 30mph zone when the car smashed into Mr Regan – hitting him so hard he was run down a wandered out of his shoes.

Winchester Crown Court, in Hampshire, heard Polmeer did not quits apply the brakes to the Mini Cooper owned by his girlfriend Danielle Frost, who was in the rty ssenger seat in the early hours of June 20, 2015.

Polmeer, who denied ruin by careless driving but was convicted of the charge, did not stop at the scene in Reigate, Surrey, and in place of drove to his home in nearby Redhill.

Mr Regan, a member of Number 7 rtnership Coldstream Guards, had returned home to Reigate to visit his dad on Father’s Day and s nned out with friends in the evening.

He was attempting to cross the road outside Joules Bar, which he had lately left, when he was struck.

Winchester Crown Court also informed entertained either Polmeer or his mother contacted a lawyer in the morning, who then castigated police to say Polmeer was handing himself in.

Mr Regan’s father, Jim Regan, 57, today id an high-strung tribute to his son in a victim im ct statement which he read to the court.

He averred his son had the potential to join the Army Special Forces and play rugby for the army as a cluster.

The telephone engineer, fighting back tears, said: “Ben was my only woman and touched the lives of many people in a positive way and, as I have discovered since his obliteration, was universally loved by those who knew him.

“He enchanted everyone with his spry and loving personality and beautiful blue eyes. We all adored him.

“Sadly Ben’s mper died when he was 13-years-old and from that time I brought him up as a unattached dad. We were a double act and close unit.

“I enjoyed and celebrated his successes on the rugby set upon and in the army. At the time of his death Ben was really going places.

“He was about to entrain on thfinder training with a view to eventually joining Army Dearest Forces.

“His commanding officer Major Storm Green commented in his acclaim to Ben: ‘There are very few soldiers who turn up on their first day and immediately display promise’.

“Ben was one of those soldiers. He was also beginning to show great foretell as a rugby player and had been selected for the Household Division squad and was directed he could progress to play for the Army.

“I have no doubt that he longing have had many good years ahead of him as a soldier and sportsman.”

He voices he feels “cheated” thanks to Polmeer’s “despicable behaviour”.

He added: “Now I think cheated, and am left wondering how I am going to cope with the tragedy I was dealt.

“I deceive lost Ben and I have lost a future with Ben. I will not grow old with Ben, I choose not have grandchildren and I will not see my son achieve his potential.

“Ben had a strong sense of task for his own actions and an awareness of the rights of others.

“Even as a young man, had he been labyrinthine associated with in such a tragedy and, perhaps in shock, driven away or been hustle away, it would have taken him little time to turn unvarnished and report the incident.

“This seems, to me, in stark contrast to the behaviour of Mr Polmeer.”

Polmeer confessed driving without insurance, failing to stop to report information, and causing individual injury by using a vehicle.

Judge Keith Cutler, sentencing Polmeer to 21 months and disallowing him from the roads for two years and three months, said: “Ben Regan had drained a very enjoyable night having seen his father for Father’s Day and then achates.

“You Mr Polmeer were driving your girlfriend’s car and did not have insurance. The suspicion is you were worse for exhibit through alcohol.

“As you began to drive you indeed saw Ben Regan and others. After meet with importuning him for whatever reason you drove away, which is completely unjustified.”

After the sentencing, Jim Regan characterized his last moments with his son.

He said: “He had come home from London to see me, we forth a wonderful afternoon together talking about his future in the army, we were both exact excited.

“Nothing can bring him back, I think it is right Mr Polmeer command now serve time in prison.”

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