Death crash drink-driver jailed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kentish Express Time Capsule From Our Archives - By Keith Hunt

A driver un­der the in­flu­ence of drink and drugs who killed a young woman trav­el­ling in a con­vert­ible car with three friends has been jailed for six years.

Ion Rusu had been drink­ing whiskey and smok­ing cannabis on a beach in Folke­stone be­fore he was spot­ted driv­ing er­rat­i­cally on a mo­tor­way, zig-zag­ging across all three lanes.

The 25-year-old Ro­ma­nian’s Peu­geot 206 hit Mo­hini Arora’s hired BMW 220D, leav­ing it up­side down on the hard shoul­der. Miss Arora, also 25, died at the scene from head and neck in­juries.

A judge told Rusu, who was al­most three times the le­gal al­co­hol driv­ing limit: “It is clear the ac­ci­dent was caused by your in­tox­i­ca­tion through drink and drugs. It had cat­a­strophic re­sults.”

Maid­stone Crown Court heard he cal­lously drove off af­ter the tragedy which hap­pened at about 9.50pm on Sun­day, Novem­ber 13, last year, on the M20 just af­ter junc­tion 11a for Folke­stone.

Rusu, of Col­lege Av­enue, Gilling­ham, ad­mit­ted caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing and drinkdriv­ing. He was dis­qual­i­fied for eight years.

Pros­e­cu­tor Catherine Don­nelly said the ware­house worker had about an hour ear­lier been seen by a cou­ple in a car on the wrong side of the road near Maid­stone Ser­vices on the M20, head­ing coast­bound. They were so con- cerned his driv­ing was dan­ger­ous they con­tacted the po­lice.

Af­ter the Peu­geot later hit the BMW, both cars left the car­riage­way. The BMW mounted the crash bar­rier and hit an elec­tric­ity sub-sta­tion. It came to rest up­side down on the hard shoul­der of the mo­tor­way. Rusu and his pas­sen­ger stopped and went to­wards the BMW.

But Rusu then re­turned to his car, leav­ing his pas­sen­ger be­hind, and drove off. He stopped about a mile away and was ar­rested while walk­ing up a slip road at junc­tion 11.

When in­ter­viewed, he claimed he was not aware of any col­li­sion and said he stopped be­cause his friend told him a car had over­turned. He also falsely claimed his car had a de­fect in the steer­ing.

Miss Arora, orig­i­nally from In­dia, stud­ied at Re­gent’s Uni­ver­sity Lon­don and was work­ing for mar­ket­ing firm AJG Di­rect in the cap­i­tal. Her brother and a friend trav­elled from In­dia for the sen­tenc­ing hear­ing on Fri­day.

Pic­ture: Kent Po­lice

Ion Rusu, 25, had been drink­ing whiskey and smok­ing cannabis

Mo­hini Arora died in a crash at junc­tion 11a of the M20

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