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

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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.”

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