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Drink driver jailed for grandmother death crash

A woman who was three times the drink-drive limit when her car hit and killed a grandmother in Buckinghamshire has been jailed for eight years.

Judy De Gelas, 59, was on High Street, West Wycombe, when the car mounted the pavement killing her and injuring her two grandchildren on 2 June.

Jacqueline Loosley, 47, of Gardens Close, Stokenchurch, admitted causing death by careless driving while drunk.

She was also disqualified from driving for 15 years at Aylesbury Crown Court.

Loosley will have to pass an extended driving test before getting her licence back.

Mrs De Gelas was with grandchildren Josh, nine, and Libby, five, when the accident happened.

Loosley lost control of her car and mounted the pavement, destroyed a bollard and struck the side of a house, before hitting the group, the court was told.

Both children suffered skull fractures and Libby was trapped in the front wheel arch of the car.

The court heard Loosley was more than three times the drink drive limit and had hit a traffic island minutes before the crash.

Sgt Dominic Mahon, Thames Valley Police's senior investigating officer in the case, said: "She [Loosley] was in no fit state to drive and, despite hitting a traffic island earlier in her journey, she just kept going.

"As a result of her selfish actions, the De Gelas family has been robbed of a much loved mother and grandmother and two young children have had to endure an awful trauma which will no doubt stay with them for a very long time."

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