A drink driver has been jailed over a street racing crash which killed a man she was on a first date with.
Michael McMahon, 28, died from a broken neck and a bleed to the brain when the car he was in smashed into a tree in Hertfordshire, in England’s south, in November 2018.
Lauren Iles, 26, who was driving her mum’s BMW with Mr McMahon in the passenger seat, told police she had a beer and two glasses of wine before the crash, the Metro reported.
A driver told St Albans Crown Court he saw a Suzuki pass his car before a BMW. He estimated both cars were travelling at about 128km/h in a 100 zone.
Prosecutor Stefan Weidmann told the court Iles drove on the wrong side of the road before she lost control.
“In seeking to rejoin her lane, the car rotated anti-clockwise and travelled sideways,” he told the court.
“It hit a dustbin with a concrete base, the rear of the vehicle hit a tree and it rotated clockwise, coming to rest 18 metres from the trees and 15 metres from the edge of carriageway.”
Iles was found to be one and a half times the legal limit. She was hospitalised with minor injuries.
Judge Michael Simon accepted Iles had remorse after hearing from the defence she had PTSD.
However, Mr Simon pointed out she had been speeding and was drinking before the crash.
Iles was jailed for 28 months.
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