DRINK-DRIVE MUM WHO KILLED DAUGHTER, 6, AND FIANCE JAILED
A MOTHER-of-two who killed her fiancé and six-year-old daughter in a “catastrophic” car crash while almost double the drink-driving limit has been jailed for two years.
Carly Tomlinson, 24, had drunk two pints of lager and lime and three vodka and Cokes before her blue Fiat Panda smashed into a stone wall in Belper, Derbyshire, in the early hours of Sunday, April 30 last year.
James Watson, 28, and their daughter, Ruby Watson, were passengers in the car, which mounted the kerb before hitting with a telegraph pole.
Both were pronounced dead at the scene while Tomlinson suffered a broken back, pelvis and ribs.
Nottingham Crown Court heard how Tomlinson had been travelling at 43mph in a 30mph zone on the two-mile journey back to her home from the Marehay Miners Welfare Club. Her young daughter was also “not properly secured” in her booster seat and Mr Watson was not wearing a seat belt at all.
The prosecution said “she simply had a very poor recollection of events that morning” when interviewed by officers following the crash.
At a previous hearing on June 22, Tomlinson, of Belper, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while unfit through drink.
As well as her prison term, she was disqualified from driving for four years.
Her defence lawyer told the court: “She says, ‘I will never forgive myself’.”