A drink-driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist has been jailed for six years.
Samuel Kirk, 26, crossed double white lines to overtake a car on the A29 at Codmore Hill near Pulborough and hit Jennifer Hossack who was on the other side of the road.
Kirk lost control of his Citroen Xsara and crashed at 8pm on September 27. He then fled the scene.
Miss Hossack, 27, from Kingsfold, died of her injuries.
Kirk, of no fixed address, was already disqualified from driving and had been drinking when he got behind the wheel and struck Miss Hossack.
He appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday December 12 where he was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for six years.
Kirk was also banned from driving for three years and will have to pass an extended test before he is allowed to have a driving licence again.
In her summing up, Judge Shani Barnes said that he had ruined the lives of the Hossack family when he took the decision to drive the car on that evening.
She said she hoped that the sentence sent out a clear message to others who decide to get in a car and drive when they have had a drink.
Sergeant Stewart Goodwin said: “The actions of Samuel Kirk show exactly what can happen when someone gets behind the wheel after drinking.
“His behaviour cost the Hossack family their loved one and have cost him his liberty.
“The message to people considering drink-driving is simple - don’t do it.”
The number of people charged with drink-driving in Sussex since December 1 has risen to 51.
These include Clive Boxall, 68, who was arrested at 5.30pm on Sunday after police found a vehicle that had gone off the A272 at Trotton, near Midhurst.
Boxall, of Luxford Way, Billingshurst, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 4.
You can text officers on 65999 with the details of people you suspect of drink or drug driving, along with their car make and registration number.
To report anyone driving antisocially visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
If you know someone is driving after drinking or taking drugs call 999.