A man has been jailed for more than three years and banned from driving for nearly seven following a fatal crash on the A127 in Brentwood.
The crash happened on Thursday, May 5 2016.
Emmanuel Prodano, 46, was a passenger in a Smart Car that was slowing for traffic when it was struck by a Ford Focus, spinning it into another lane.
The Focus then collided with two other vehicles.
Mr Prodano was taken to hospital with serious head and back injuries but sadly died on Thursday, September 22 2016.
Lee Squibb, who had been driving the Ford Focus was taken to hospital with serious back and rib injuries.
He attended a voluntary interview on Monday, July 25.
His mobile phone was seized and analysis indicated he had been on the phone at around the time of the collision.
Tests also concluded drugs had been detected in his system.
He was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
At a hearing at Basildon Crown Court, Squibb, 44, of Redgrave Road, Basildon, pleaded guilty.
At Basildon Crown Court on Friday, July 14, he was jailed for three years and four months and disqualified from driving for six years and eight months.
After sentencing, investigating Officer Pc Jenny Pirie, said: “It was as a direct result of the appallingly dangerous driving of Lee Squibb that caused the death of Emmanuel Prodano a loving father, son and brother.
“Mr Prodano had recently left his job to pursue a career in photography which was his passion.
“Whilst being driven by his daughter to visit his grandson, Squibb chose to drive with drugs in his system whilst being on his mobile phone devastating this loving family”.
In a statement Mr Prodano’s family said: “During the happiest time of Emmanuel’s life, everything was snatched away from him in an instant.
“He was on his way to see his grandson, who was the apple of his eye. That faithful moment has destroyed our lives.
“His beloved children have lost their amazing daddy and best friend.
“His charismatic, positive and beautiful soul will live on, but this heartache and torment of loss, will leave us all with a painful darkness for the rest of our lives.
“We remain strong as a family, but nothing will bring him back – his cheeky smiles, his joking around and wisdom is gone forever.
“We pray and hope the defendant will fully understand how extremely careless and dangerous his actions were.”