Drink-driver jailed for fatal crash

A drink-driver has been jailed for six years for killing a woman by ploughing into her car at high speed while using a mobile phone.

Preston Crown Court heard that Sarah Taylor, 23, was driving at 95mph when she collided head-on with the broken-down car of Melanie Lee, 35.

Miss Lee had lost control of her BMW Mini convertible on the M61 near Brindle, Lancashire, and came to rest facing the wrong way after hitting the central reservation barrier.

She was attempting to climb out of the window of her damaged car when Ms Taylor's Fiat Stilo struck her and sent her flying out of the car, the court heard. Miss Lee died from multiple internal injuries.

The first thing that Ms Taylor, of Blackley, Manchester, said after the collision was: "I was on my phone, I was on my phone." She had been drinking and was more than twice the legal limit, later giving a reading of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Judge Norman Wright said the message must go out to the public that cars could be lethal weapons if not driven properly and that people should never use hand-held mobile phones when driving.

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