Pas-de-Calais: drunk driving, without a license or insurance, a mother sentenced to 18 months in prison after the death of her daughter

She was driving drunk, without a license or insurance, after having accompanied her companion to attack an acquaintance. A woman was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Thursday for the death of her young daughter in a car accident. The correctional court of Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) convicted this 37-year-old mother of manslaughter with aggravating circumstance.

On August 19, 2019, she had violently hit a railway bridge, in the town of Samer (Pas-de-Calais), near Boulogne-sur-Mer. The 18-month-old child, on board with his two brothers, will die two days later, and one of the boys, hit in the spinal cord, is now paralyzed for life.

“Excessive speed, alcohol, improperly fastened seat belts, improperly installed car seat”

The couple, who had been taken care of after the accident, had fled from the Boulogne-sur-Mer hospital and abandoned the two hospitalized children. He had been arrested two days later in a state of intoxication on the public highway. The father who was also being prosecuted died in 2021 in an assault.

“I love my children, I always try to do the best, that day, by bad luck, I did some harm”, launched the defendant. Just before, the president of the court had just underlined his “lack of seriousness”.

“Excessive speed, alcohol, improperly fastened seat belts, improperly installed car seat, poorly maintained vehicle: it was the perfect cocktail to have an accident” was moved by the prosecutor, who explained that this accident was “not of the bad luck”. She had requested a 30-month prison sentence, including 10 months probationary suspension of 2 years. “My client lost everything. He was refused release from detention to attend his daughter’s funeral. She has already been judged morally. I ask you to do law”, without giving in to “emotion”, pleaded Maître Julie Ritaine, his lawyer.

The court also imposed on the 30-year-old a four-month suspended prison sentence for “willful violence in a meeting” against an acquaintance.

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