Leeds death crash wife jailed

Tina Panesar.

Tina Panesar.

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A WIFE who killed her husband by crashing their car while twice the drink drive limit has been jailed.

Tina Panesar, 28, and husband Sukhbir, 30, had been married a few weeks when she crashed their BMW at high speed on the Leeds Ring Road at Shadwell on April 16 last year.

Mr Panesar, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered multiple injuries after the vehicle struck the kerb, flew into the air, hit a lamppost and a bus stop then landed on its roof in the road.

Leeds Crown Court heard Mr Panesar was conscious after the collision but died at the scene.

Panesar tried to claim that she was the passenger, despite overwhelming scientific evidence she was driving.

A judge jailed her for four years yesterday after she pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving when over the limit.

Richard Walters, prosecuting, said the incident happened after the couple had been to a wedding party for one of Mr Panesar’s relatives in Wellington Hill, Leeds, and were heading home to Bradford.

Mr Panesar was thrown from the vehicle and his wife was found face down in the road.

She told police she had been a passenger and couldn’t remember what happened. After failing a roadside breath test, a blood sample taken at hospital found she was more than twice the limit.

While in hospital she was overheard telling someone that she had been driving but no one knew. Mr Panesar’s blood and saliva were later found on the passenger side airbag and his wife’s shoes and handbag were on the driver’s side.

A statement read to the court on behalf of Mr Panesar’s uncle described him as a popular man with an “infectious personality”.

Known by his family members as Bambi, he was a talented dancer who had appeared on television shows and had performed for the Queen and helped run the family joinery business.

David McGonigal, mitigating, said Panesar, of Baring Avenue, Bradford, still lived with her husband’s parents. Mr Panesar’s mother and sister wrote letters to the court describing her as “genuine, honest and trustworthy.”

The barrister said her behaviour after the crash was due to the distress she was going through.

Jailing her Judge Geoffrey Marson said: “This is a tragic case, and cases such as this are amongst the most difficult the courts have to deal with. More so when the victim is the defendant’s husband.

“You knew you had had far too much to drink. This tragic incident was a combination of speed and drink.”

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