A woman who erred on a motorway before hitting and killing another driver has been jailed.
Anne Marie Crookes, 43, pleaded guilty to cause of death by dangerous driving after she crashed into 64-year-old Paula Kingdon and was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court.
On 31 October 2019, near Liverpool, the crook wrongly drove on the slip road at the junction of the M57.
Drivers of vehicles passing him accidentally turned on their lights and sounded horns to warn him, and several survivors narrowly escaped being hit by his car.
As she accelerated onto the main carriageway – in a way witnesses described as “determined” – she almost immediately hit Ms. Kingdon’s car.
On 29 July 2020, the police interviewed the miscreant, but said that they did not remember anything about the collision in which she was also seriously injured.
The only conclusion she could come to was that she had taken a wrong turn and panicked, while denying that she was trying to take her own life.
In court, prosecutor Chris Hopkins said “the only sensible conclusion is that she intended to harm herself”, although Judge Garrett Byrne denied this.
He continued: “While you may not have specifically intended to harm anyone else, you should have realized at the time that your driving could result in really serious harm, if not the death of anyone.”
Defending, Sarah Griffin also insisted that Crooks did not intentionally intend to harm anyone else, but acknowledged the consequences of what happened.
Ms Kingdon, who lived in Sheffield, was described as a “committed” former headmaster, taking care of her stepfather John in Liverpool after her mother’s death.
In a statement to the victim, her brother, Stephen Sharples, said: “After dedicating herself to others, Paula has the chance to enjoy her retirement.
“She embraced her new life with the same energy and positivity that she brought to her work, and happily took her time seeing family and friends, traveling, going to the theatre, caring for John and following Liverpool FC. Divided between
“It’s heartbreaking to me that Paula took on this wonderful new chapter of her life so brutally as to be turned away by the foolish actions of a total stranger.”
District Crown Prosecutor Keith Drummond of CPS Mersey Cheshire said the crook was “a woman of good past character and had no prior driving convictions”.
He continued: “But for some reason, on the morning of 31 October 2019, he decided to get behind the wheel of his car and turn that vehicle into a killing machine.
“Maybe he intended to kill himself – we can’t be sure. But he didn’t. His reckless and dangerous driving took the life of an innocent motorist and caused loss and pain to Paula Kingdon’s family.” Tragedy left behind.
He added that the scoundrel “confessed to the crime and accepted his role in the horrific events of that day. But that wouldn’t bring Paula Kingdon back. A sad case indeed”.
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