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A drug driver Kathryn Watkins has been jailed after crashing head-on with a van and then fleeing the scene – leaving his friend to die in the back of the car.
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Homeless Kathryn Watkins, 35, called her friend Alex Edney on the afternoon of May 25 and asked him to give him a lift from Hastings, East Sussex to Peterborough, Cambs.
Mr Edney Age
Mr Edney, 44, and his friend immediately went to pick up Watkins and another woman, both of whom were sitting in the back of the car.
But after several exchanges between Mr. Edney and Watkins as to who was driving, the Vauxhall Astra car was involved in a head-on collision with a Mercedes Sprinter van, while Watkins was driving.
Watkins and his friend fled the scene on foot, leaving Mr. Edney in the back seat struggling to breathe.
He was pronounced dead at the scene in an industrial area on Southgate Way in Peterborough when police and paramedics arrived.
Watkins was sentenced to ten years in prison yesterday and banned from driving for 12 years.
Peterborough Crown Court
Peterborough Crown Court learned that Mr. Edney was driving as they began their journey to Peterborough.
But Watkins soon began to worry about the length of the journey, and at a petrol station on the M25 Watkins changed drivers.
After a road rage incident, Mr. Edney asked him to stop, and the couple exchanged again.
Watkins continued to be angry, but when Mr Edney’s friend told him to calm down, she got up in the back of the car and punched him in the face at least four times. .
The man asked Mr. Edney to stop the car and left the vehicle, before the group of three others continued their journey.
At 1:23 a.m., the man received a text from Mr. Edney asking for help while Watkins was back in command. The cell site scan tracked Mr. Edney’s phone on the A1M near Sawtry.
Two minutes later, the man called the police and the police found him by the side of the road on the A1307.
Less than 20 minutes later, at 1:42 a.m., police were called to report a frontal accident between a Vauxhall Astra and a Mercedes Sprinter pickup truck.
The witness also told police that two women fled the scene on foot, leaving behind a man in the back of the car who was struggling to breathe.
Watkins and her friend called a cab five minutes later and were taken to Peterborough. The driver described Watkins as “very angry and cursing”.
Officers and paramedics arrived at the crash scene in an industrial area in Southgate Way, Peterborough, and Mr Edney, from Aldershot, Hampshire, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement released at the time, his family said: ‘Alex was a loving son, grandson, father and brother.
“ He was a good friend to many, always ready to help others and everyone who knew him will be sadly missed. ”
At 2:40 a.m., police received a call from the ambulance service asking for help at a house in Fellows Gardens, Peterborough.
Police came and found Watkins with a suspect
Police came and found Watkins with a suspected broken wrist and her friend with suspected broken ribs.
Both were taken to hospital as a precaution and later arrested due to the fatal accident.
Watkins sustained severe bruises to his ankle, left forearm, chest and thigh. Her friend ended up with a broken arm.
While in pre-trial detention, Watkins underwent a blood test which revealed she exceeded the legal alcohol limit for driving.
The blood test also showed the levels of benzoylecgonine, a breakdown product of cocaine, to be around 800 micrograms per 100 milliliters of blood.
This is more than 15 times the legal limit of 50 micrograms.
Watkins was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving a vehicle without being insured, not stopping and common assault.
Her friend faced no further action.
Watkins pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injuries by dangerous driving and common assault in Peterborough Crown Court yesterday.
She was sentenced the same day Judge Sean Enright sentenced her to 10 years in prison. She was also banned from driving for 12 years.
Severe Collision Investigation Unit Sergeant Mark Dollard said: ‘Watkins was on an inevitable path of destruction that night and a serious collision was inevitable.
“His conduct was truly atrocious; she knew she had consumed alcohol and drugs, but selfishly did not care for the safety of others.