A UK woman has been sentenced to four years in prison following a horrific crash that killed two of her children.
Mary McCann, 35, was charged with two counts of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol, pleading guilty to both charges.
Two of her children; Lilly McCann, four, and Smaller Peter McCann —who had turned 10 that day — sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene after their car hit a truck near Milton Keynes in England in August 2021.
A third passenger, a two-year-old girl, was not seriously injured and the driver of the truck was not injured.
The court heard they had not been wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, with several outlets reporting a witness at the scene hearing Ms McCann scream: "God, why didn't I put their seatbelts on?" after the crash.
The car drifted lanes colliding with the truck
At around 11.10pm on August 9, 2021, Ms McCann was driving when she drifted lanes and collided with the back of a truck.
On Monday, she was sentenced to four years and one month in prison and banned from driving for seven years and two weeks.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Ian Stevens of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Bicester, called it a "tragic incident", urging people to be careful when driving with children.
“My thoughts remain with their family at this incredibly difficult time," he said in a statement released by Thames Valley Police.
“It was found through our investigation that the two children were not wearing seatbelts or using the correct child seats.
“Furthermore McCann was driving in excess of the speed limit and under the influence of alcohol. These are three out of the four ‘Fatal Four’ factors that can be the cause of a serious injury or fatal collision.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to impress the importance of using the correct seating for children, not driving after drinking alcohol and driving within the speed limit as it could result in tragic consequences.
“McCann has been sentenced to four years and one month in prison and she will now spend time in prison as a result of her actions.”
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