12 years jail for the 70mph drink driver who stole his mother’s car and killed a 19 year old student

10:41 03 March 2014

Michael Crane

Michael Crane

Archant

A drink driver who drove at 70mph in a 30mph zone and killed a 19-year-old student has been jailed for 12 years.

Michael Crane, 31, of Sackville Close, Cambridge was sentenced on Friday at Cambridge Crown Court.

Crane was driving a white Mazda 323, stolen from his mother, and was over the legal drink-drive limit, when he hit Hye Jun Lee in King’s Hedges Road at about 7.30pm on May 3 last year.

Crane was sentenced to 10 years for causing death by dangerous driving with a further two years added as he was described as ‘posing a serious risk of harm to the public.’ He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years.

Judge Jonathan Haworth said it was “one of the worst, if not the very worst case of this kind to appear before me.”

PC Pete Bimson said: “Crane’s actions were not only dangerous, but the court has recognised that he poses a high risk to the public and that has been reflected in the sentence.

“His actions were not only dangerous, but reckless, which cost Miss Lee her life.

“This sentence does not make up for the loss of Miss Lee and my thoughts are with her family but I hope it acts as a warning to all motorists who feel they can ignore the law.”

0 comments

More news stories

16:03
Lorry overturns on A142 near Mepal after driver suffers medical emergency

A 32 tonne lorry overturned on the A142 near Mepal this morning when the driver suffered a medical emergency.

10:22
Padnal Bank. Road blocked due to RTC.

A man says he is “fearful” for his life and has lost count of the amount of crashes between Padnal Road and Branch Bank outside his Littleport home – especially after seeing another collision last night.

09:36
Both cars were written off following this A10 crash near Stretham

Motorists are being urged to tell the county council about overgrown vegetation after an accident on the A10 in which a businessman who suffered severe whiplash said he could not see an oncoming car due to six feet high grass.

Who will succeed this man? MPs starting to declare who they will support to be the next PM: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

As a picture of who is supporting who in the leadership contest emerges over the coming days, we will bring you the latest here.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up