Drunk driver jailed for killing single mother he met on Plenty of Fish
Drunk driver, 36, is jailed for nearly four years for killing single mother, 26, he met on Plenty of Fish after losing control and crashing car while she sat in front passenger seat
- Chloe Haydock from Wigan died when John Llewellyn smashed into a bollard
- The 36-year-old driver had been drinking vodka and smoking cannabis
- Llewellyn, from Liverpool, was jailed for 40 months at Bolton Crown Court
A drunk driver has been jailed for nearly four years after killing a single mother he met on Plenty of Fish after losing control and crashing his car while she sat in the front passenger seat.
Chloe Haydock, 26, was travelling in John Llewellyn’s Ford Fiesta when it lost control at speed and ploughed into a concrete bollard.
Miss Haydock, who lived in Wigan, Greater Manchester, with her 18 month old son suffered multiple fatal injuries in the impact and died in an ambulance whilst being taken to hospital.
Chloe Haydock (pictured) died when John Llewellyn crashed into a bollard while high on cannabis and drunk on vodka
Llewellyn, 36, who had been drinking vodka and smoking cannabis, subsequently failed a roadside breath test at the scene but a subsequent reading showed he was under the alcohol and drug-driving limit.
It emerged he had been travelling at speeds of at least 49mph in a 30mph zone in the minutes before the impact. Inquiries revealed neither he nor Chloe were wearing seatbelts.
Today at Bolton Crown Court, Llewellyn, of Liverpool was jailed for 40 months after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He was also banned from from driving for eight years and eight months.
The tragedy occurred on January 13 2018 after Chloe had arranged to meet Llewellyn after her home after swapping details on the dating site.
A neighbour spotted his Fiesta outside Chloe’s property at midnight then saw her willingly getting into the vehicle with Llewellyn at 2.20am.
The car was hurtling through the Shevington area of Wigan when Llewellyn lost control as he drove down a steep hill towards Gathurst railway station.
The Fiesta careered along a single carriageway under a bridge and collided with a concrete bollard on a bend which caused the car to spin round and left it with extensive front end damage.
Llewellyn sustained fractures to his wrist and ankle plus minor cuts and bruising. But Chloe suffered far more serious injuries, mainly to her head, body and legs and was trapped in the wreckage.
Llewellyn was able to scramble out of the car but was unable to help Miss Haydock, who was trapped by her legs. He told a passing motorist who stopped to help: ‘Another car wiped me out.’
Miss Charlotte Crangle prosecuting said Llewellyn was treated at the roadie by paramedics and he admitted having ‘one glass of vodka’ prior to the crash. She added: ‘A roadside breath test was positive so a sample of blood was taken for testing once he was at the hospital.’
Later tests showed Llewellyn had 26 milligrams of alcohol per 100 mililitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mg.
Experts did a back calculation of what his alcohol reading would have been at the time of the crash but tests could only conclude it was ‘between 62mg and 142mg.’ Further tests showed he had traces of THC – the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis – in his system.
Llewellyn later gave no comment in police interview other than to admit was owned the Fiesta.
Inquiries revealed there had been three previous road accidents between 2000 and 2017 at the spot where Chloe was killed – all of which resulted in minor injuries. CCTV was examined which showed the Fiesta careering down the hill without its brake lights illuminating.
Police investigators concluded the car hit the kerb at 49mph then crashed into the bollard at 34mph. Llewellyn had no endorsements on his driving licence but had previously been cautioned for possessing cannabis.
Sentencing Judge Graeme Smith told Llewellyn: ‘Any death in a road traffic accident is a tragedy, but this case is particularly tragic. It’s tragic for you because as a result of the accident you have been unable to work and have suffered significant physical and mental difficulties including PTSD.
‘However, that pales in comparison to the family of a Chloe Haydock, who died at age 26, at the point she loved her life and had so much to look forward to. She was a much loved mother, daughter, step daughter, sister, step sister, aunts and granddaughter.
‘All those family members are suffering everyday since she died. Her mother also has PTSD, and her and Chloe’s brother Craig are on anti-depressants. Her son Leo was only 18 months old at the time, and he will have to grow up with limited memories of his mother.
‘This tragedy resulted from an inexplicable piece of driving. You are unable to recall what happened and nobody else was at the scene who can assist with that. ‘Evidence shows you were travelling at 49mph in a 30mph limit on approach to a single crossing under a bridge where the road narrows and the road bends sharply.
‘There are clear warning signs on approach to the junction and traffic lights before the bridge. It will forever be unknown just why you were driving so fast. You held a driving licence for a short period of time, and as you cannot recall what happen, it cannot be said whether your lack of driving experience did contribute.
‘You have shown no remorse and you have not apologised to the family. I have read some evidence that you intended to take your own life as you saw no other way to pay back Chloe’s family for her death. But it’s clear to understand the anger that’s been added to their grief.’
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