Nearly five years jail for woman drink driver whose passenger died after car careered off A47 and he was speared by fence post

The BMW which crashed into fence along the A47 at Peterborough

The BMW which crashed into fence along the A47 at Peterborough - Credit: Archant

A drink driver whose car left the A47 and fatally injured her passenger – who was speared by a post after hitting a fence - was jailed for four years and eight months.

Post spears windscreen of A47 accident

Post spears windscreen of A47 accident - Credit: Archant

Kikidee Watson, 40, of New Parks Boulevard, Leicester, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday after admitting causing death by driving without due care ar an earlier hearing.

On February 16 last year, the BMW 318 Watson was driving left the road on the A47 at Thornhaugh, close to its junction with Old Oundle Road. The front seat passenger, Victor Matimba, 36, of New Parks Boulevard, Leicester, suffered fatal injuries.

The other occupants, two girls aged 11 and seven, suffered slight injuries and were taken to Peterborough City Hospital.

Watson was found to be over the legal limit of alcohol at the time of the collision and was arrested at the scene.

In addition to 56 months imprisonment, Judge Murphy sentenced Watson to a five year disqualification order from driving and to sit and extended retest.

PC James Thorne said: “Driving while under the influence of alcohol is just unacceptable. It can cause serious injury and, like in this case, death.

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“No-one should get in a car with a driver who they know has been drinking alcohol, it simply is not worth the risk.”

Anyone who suspects someone of drink driving should contact police on 101 or the confidential drink drive hotline on 0800 032 0845 to make a report.

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