A drug driver, who killed a grieving mother of 2, as she drove home from her sister’s funeral has been handed a 4 year jail sentence.
Bournemouth Crown Court heard that the driver, 25 year old Lewis Faulkner, was still suffering the effects of taking “a lot” of drugs from a few days earlier.
He then got behind the wheel of his BMW, became drowsy behind the wheel and ploughed into Tereasa Cutler’s car, driving on the opposite carriageway.
As a result of the crash, Mrs Cutler was killed almost instantly.
Her 2 teenage children, Alice, 19 and Daniel, 17 were left seriously injured.
The children’s father and Mrs Cutler’s husband had died from cancer several years before.
Another passenger in the car, Jospeh Woodland, Mrs Cutler’s nephew was the son of her sister, whose funeral they had all just attended.
Woodland was also left seriously injured.
When tested, Faulkner was found to have traces of both Ecstasy and Cannabis in his system. He fully admitted that it was the taking of these drugs that caused his drowsiness.
Faulkner pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, 3 counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Before passing sentence, the Judge stated: “This is a tragic case where your offending has had catastrophic consequences for not just the lady killed but the other people in the vehicle.
“At a critical time in their lives, they have been orphaned, their financial and parental support has disappeared. Alice has responsibilities for her brother long before she should have any responsibilities.
“Lives have been changed beyond recognition.
“You were at least drowsy and, having taken cannabis and MDMA, the remnants in your bloodstream did not directly affect your driving but was a contributory factor in respect of drowsiness.”
As well as the 4 year prison sentence, Faulkner was also banned from driving for 4 years and 8 months.
Sergeant Lee Savage, of Dorset Police’s road traffic unit, said: “We still do not know why Faulkner failed to negotiate the bend and caused this head-on collision.
“The prosecution case was that he must have fallen asleep and this case highlights the dangers of driving while tired and after using recreational drugs.
“His driving that day led to devastating consequences. Alice and Daniel lost their much-loved mother and Joe lost an auntie who had just taken on parental responsibility for him following his own mother’s death.
“This is one of the most heart-breaking cases I have dealt with and I would like to pay tribute to them for the strength they have shown throughout this tragic time.”
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