41 year old Olivia Riley from Suffolk was walking her pets, Lily and Maia, in Cheyne Walk in May last year when she was struck by a car.
Laszlo Dancs has been handed 6 years and 8 months for dangerous, drink and drug driving and failing to provide a breath sample.
He was also disqualified from driving for five years.
A spokesperson for Olivia Riley’s family said: “On behalf of our family and those loved by Olivia, we are grateful to the team of prosecutors, Met Police Road Death Investigation team and all those who attended the unimaginable scene of Olivia’s death and have supported us so well through the maze of the English justice system, through to today’s sentence of Lazlo Dancs, 440 days after Olivia’s light was extinguished from all our lives.
“No sentence can restore that light or the mental health of all of us who will mourn her loss for the rest of our lives. We could only hope that the sentence passed would be appropriate and relevant to the circumstances of Olivia’s sudden death.
“I find it impossible to reconcile that a person who chooses to drive with a lethal cocktail of illegal drugs and alcohol at 6.15 on a Saturday morning has not intentionally decided to endanger the lives of innocent people and their loved ones.
“Today’s sentence should reflect Mr Dancs’ abdication of responsibility for the lethal consequences of his actions.
“This is insignificant compared with the final tragedy of justice, that Mr Dancs should have escaped the current tariff of life imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving because he ended Olivia’s life six weeks before this relevant and appropriate sentence was introduced to law.
“We hope and pray that Mr Dancs will dedicate the rest of his life to personal repentance and preventing others from following his life destroying choices.
“Our family would like to share this beautiful poem penned by her sister Leonora Riley, that sustains the essence that was Olivia.”
Olivia by Leonora Riley
A light that always shone so brightly, shall not be dimmed.
Darkness yields no control over her tenderness, engulfing her loved ones with boundless elation
A strength that survived cruelty and resentment shall not be weakened.
Her scars turn to shards of blinding light, illuminating the world on her shoulders
A joy that raised spirits in all that met her, will be forever cherished, radiating through cloaks of aversion, attempting to break her impenetrable spirit
A grace that has mesmerised many, shall not be washed away, surviving even the roughest of seas, bubbling into flickers of luminescence on the shores of Suffolk.
A deep, unconditional love that has changed us eternally, shall never see an end, blessing us from the confines of precious memory, Olivia’s radiance unbroken by the setting of the sun.