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

She was driving while intoxicated, without a license or insurance, after accompanying her companion to assault an acquaintance. A woman was sentenced on Thursday to 18 months in prison for the death of her little girl in a car accident. The Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) Correctional Court found this 37-year-old mother guilty of manslaughter with aggravating circumstance.

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

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

The couple, who were taken care of after the accident, escaped from the hospital in Boulogne-sur-Mer and abandoned the two hospitalized children. He was arrested two days later while intoxicated 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 my best, that day, unfortunately, I did something wrong,” said the defendant. Just before, the president of the court had just pointed out his “lack of seriousness.”

“Excessive speeding, alcohol, poorly fastened seat belts, poorly installed car seat, poorly maintained vehicle: this was the perfect cocktail for an accident,” said the prosecutor, who explained that the accident was “not from the accident. to misfortune ”. She had been sentenced to 30 months in prison, including a 10-month probation period of 2 years. “My client lost everything.” She was denied release from custody to attend her daughter’s funeral. She has already been judged morally. I ask you to do the right thing, ”without giving in to“ emotion, ”argued Master Julie Ritaine, the son of a lawyer.

The court also sentenced the 30-year-old to four months in prison with probation for “voluntary violence in a meeting” against an acquaintance.

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