A driver who had taken ecstasy and cannabis five days earlier killed a woman when he crossed a road and crashed into her.
Teresa Cutler was on her way home from her sister’s funeral when Lewis Faulkner went onto the wrong side of the road at 60mph.
Mrs Cutler, a mother-of-two who lost her husband to cancer several uyears ago, was killed almost instantly in the crash on the A31 near Wimborne, Dorset.
Her two children, Alice and Daniel, and nephew, Joseph Woodland, were left seriously injured. Their father died from cancer several years earlier.
Faulkner, who was driving a BMW when he hit Mrs Cutler’s Ford Fiesta, has now been jailed for four years and four months after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
The court heard that ecstasy and cannabis were found in his blood from five days earlier and he admitted that this made him drowsy at the time.
Judge Peter Crabtree said: ‘This is a tragic case where your offending has had catastrophic consequences for not just the lady killed but the other people in the vehicle.
‘At a critical time in their lives, they have been orphaned, their financial and parental support has disappeared. Alice has responsibilities for her brother long before she should have any responsibilities.’
Alice Cutler, who is studying law at Southampton University, suffered a broken back and fractured wrist, in the crash. She said in a victim impact statement: ‘I should be at home with my mum and brother, enjoying our life together which mum worked so hard to provide for us.’
The court heard the family had been to Mrs Woodland’s funeral in Poole, Dorset, after the ambulance technician died from an illness in June last year.
Faulkner also pleaded guilty to three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of causing death while driving without insurance.
As well as jail Faulkner was handed a driving ban of four years and eight months. He will also have to pass an extended test before he can drive again.