Woman who killed two men in Newmarket crash while high on drugs jailed for 8 years
A woman who killed two men in a road crash just outside Newmarket while high on illegal drugs has today been jailed for eight years.
Sadie Fuller, 33, had crossed onto the wrong side on a bend in Exning Road shortly before midnight on May 27.
The Volkswagen Golf she was driving at between 60 and 70mph in a 40mph limit crashed into an oncoming car, Ipswich Crown Court heard.
The driver of the other car, Marius Gioacas, 20, of Exeter Road, Newmarket, died at the scene.
Paul Gale, 43, of no fixed address, who was a front seat passenger in Fuller's car was also killed and her rear seat passenger Amy Hilario suffered multiple fractures and facial injuries.
Prosecutor Michael Crimp said police had calculated that Mr Gioacas was travelling at no more than 21mph when the impact occurred, possibly while he was braking having seen the lights of Fuller's car coming towards him.
Fuller, of Exning Road, Newmarket had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing two offences of causing death by dangerous driving, one offence of causing serious injury by careless driving, having no insurance, no driving licence and driving with an unlawful level of cocaine in her blood.
Mr Crimp said there were no witnesses to the collision but another motorist who came upon the scene had told police that Fuller appeared to be under the influence of a substance.
Tests showed that Fuller had 16 times the legal level of cocaine in her blood for driving. She had also never had a driving lesson or passed a driving test.
When interviewed by police, Fuller said she had been hurrying out of Newmarket after seeing police car.
The court heard that neither of the two men who died or Miss Hilario had been wearing a seatbelt. Fuller had worn a seatbelt and escaped with bruising and slight burns.
In a statement read to the court by Mr Crimp, Mr Gale's estranged wife and mother of their six-year-old son described him as having "an infectious laugh, a great sense of humour and a personality that made you want to be around him."
Mrs Gale said their son now had a memory box at home to keep all the special memories of his father.
Appearing for Fuller, Joanne Eley said her client was "hugely remorseful" and took full responsibility for what happened.
Fuller, who appeared in court via a video link from HMP Peterborough, sobbed throughout the hearing and kept her hands over her face as details of the incident were given.
In a letter written to the court, Fuller said: "No words will ever be able to describe how dreadfully sorry I am and the guilt I feel for the events of May 27."
At the time Fuller, herself the mother of a young son, had been recovering from an abusive relationship.
Miss Eley said: "At the time she was using drugs as a coping mechanism. She had left the destructive relationship she had been in and was trying to put that behind her."
Jailing Fuller for a total of eight years and banning her from driving for nine years, Judge John Devaux said excess speed, drugs and having no formal driving training or licence had all contributed to the seriousness of the offending.