A drugged up motorist killed a woman returning from her sister’s funeral, a court heard.
Lewis Faulkner became drowsy at the wheel of his BMW when it drifted into the opposite lane of a 60mph road and ploughed into Teresa Cutler’s Ford Fiesta.
Mrs Cutler, a widow, was killed almost instantly in the collision on the A31 near Wimborne, Dorset.
Her two teenage children, Alice, 19, and Daniel, 17, whose father had died from cancer several years before, were left seriously injured.
Her 19-year-old nephew Joseph Woodland, the son of Patricia Woodland whose funeral the family had just been to, was also badly hurt.
Faulkner, 25, had traces of ecstasy and cannabis in his blood having taken the substances five days before. He admitted the effects of this contributed to his drowsiness at the time.
Faulkner, a plasterer, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was today jailed for four years and four months.
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.