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A woman has been jailed for causing the death of a “beloved” former director after colliding head-on with his car while driving the wrong way on a freeway slipway.
Ann Marie Crook, 43, merged into oncoming traffic on the M57 near Kirkby, Merseyside, in her black Renault Clio before colliding with Paula Kingdon, 64, Honda Jazz.
Mrs Kingdon, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, died from her injuries after being rushed to hospital, while Crook, from St Helens, was left fighting for her life after the accident.wikipedia
Crook, a caretaker, was jailed for life on Thursday for four years, eight months after previously admitting to causing death by dangerous driving at Liverpool Crown Court.
He was also banned from driving for five years, three months.
The horrific accident occurred on October 31, 2019, and emergency services rushed onto the southbound access road of the M57 at Junction 5.
Ms Kingdon, a retired director, was on her way back from a regular visit with her stepfather in Liverpool when Crook collided with her car.
The court heard that the elderly widow has “declined dramatically physically and mentally” since Ms Kingdon’s death.
Prosecutors said Crook drove up to 94 mph heading west before moving into a right-turn filter lane in the run-up to the accident.
Instead of turning right, witnesses watched in horror as he entered the exit slip road of the M57 in the wrong direction.
Drivers of vehicles traveling in the right direction turned on their lights and honked their horns, and several vehicles narrowly avoided a collision, including a truck.
They spoke of Crook looking ahead and driving determinedly as he sped off the driveway to the main road.
Crook told police that he couldn’t remember anything about the collision and denied that he had been trying to kill himself.
Stephen Sharples, Ms. Kingdon’s brother, said she was a “committed director, a loving aunt and a loving stepdaughter to her stepfather John hers.”
In a statement read in court, he said: ‘After a lifetime of dedicating herself to others, Paula deserved the opportunity to enjoy her retirement.
“ She embraced her new life with the same energy and positivity that she had brought to her work.
She happily divided her time between seeing family and friends, traveling, going to the theater, taking care of John and following Liverpool FC.
“It’s heartbreaking to me that Paula has had this wonderful new chapter in her life so cruelly taken away by the mindless actions of a total stranger.”
Prosecutor Keith Drummond said after sentencing: ‘Ann Marie Crook is a former good-natured woman and she had no prior convictions for driving.
But for some reason, on the morning of October 31, 2019, she chose to get behind the wheel of her car and turn that vehicle into a killing machine.
It may be that she intended to commit suicide, we cannot be sure.
But she didn’t. Her reckless and dangerous driving took the life of an innocent motorist and has left a tragedy of loss and grief for Paula Kingdon’s family.
Ann Marie Crook pleaded guilty and accepted her involvement in the gruesome events of that day. But that won’t bring Paula Kingdon back. A truly tragic case.
Merseyside Police Inspector Stuart McIver said:
‘This was a tragic incident and our thoughts today are very much with Paula’s family, who described her as a caring aunt and a dedicated former principal of Westfield School in Chesterfield.
Her sudden death affected the entire Westfield school community and her neighbors in Meersbrook, Sheffield, where Paula lived.
“This is a tragic case in which an innocent woman has lost her life unnecessarily.
“Crook has been left in no doubt about the consequences of her actions, and I hope she reflects on the impact this has had on the victim’s family.”
Ann Marie Crook Quick and Facts
- Ann Marie Crook, 43, drove towards oncoming traffic on the M57 in 2019
- Her car smashed into Paula Kingdon’s Honda Jazz in her black Renault Clio
- Ms Kingdon, who died in the smash was described as a ‘dedicated head teacher’
- Crook was jailed for life after admitting causing death by dangerous driving