– A woman whose husband of three months was killed in a road accident after she drank alcohol and sped along a Melbourne street has been jailed for one year.
Tanya Lee Mitchell, 26, sobbed throughout her sentence hearing on Thursday as Judge Geoff Chettle told the County Court he had no alternative to sending her to prison despite her enormous loss.
Judge Chettle acknowledged Mitchell was crippled by grief and remorse over the death of Sandeep Singh, but imposed a sentence of two years and six months, 18 months of which were suspended. About 20 of her family and friends were overwhelmed by emotion when she was led into custody.
Mitchell pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving causing death. She lost control of her car in Milleara Road, East Keilor, about 2:15am on August 22, 2010 as she and her husband drove home after a night out. Mr Singh died when the passenger side of the car crashed into a pillar at the end of a brick fence outside a house. Mitchell suffered a serious head injury, fractured vertebrae and other injuries. The court heard Mitchell was driving at least 85km/h in a 60km/h zone and recorded a blood-alcohol level of .077 about 70 minutes after the crash.
Judge Chettle said Mitchell, of Keilor, would suffer for the rest of her life knowing she had killed a man she loved, but that he hoped the case and his sentence would deter others over the perils of drink-driving.
Outside court, Detective Senior Constable Lindon Walker, of the Major Collision Investigation Unit, said the case highlighted the dangers of doing the wrong thing and the enormous repercussions for so many – Adam Cooper


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