Driver jailed for 160mph death crash

A drink-driver was travelling at more than 160mph when his car crashed into a lorry on the motorway, resulting in the death of his passenger, a court was told.

Martin Grant has been jailed for eight years, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing 25-year-old Joetta Shumba's death by dangerous driving and drink-driving.

During his sentencing at Manchester Crown Court, the 30-year-old, of Jacey Road, Birmingham, was also disqualified from driving for six years.

The crash happened on the M62 in Greater Manchester, between junction 11 and the Eccles interchange, on January 24. Mother-of-one Ms Shumba was pronounced dead at the scene.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said Grant's Audi S3 had hit the lorry with such force that it had overturned and slid up the motorway on its side as the car spun out of control for 175 metres.

Following the court case, PC Paul Joynson, of GMP's serious collision investigation unit, said Grant's "recklessness and idiocy" had left a young boy to face growing up without his mother.

He said Grant had been over twice the legal alcohol limit and driving at a "ridiculous" speed.

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