A DRINK driver has been jailed for eight years for causing the death of aspiring model Rebecca Caine.
Wilfred Tungamirai Museka was more than twice the legal alcohol limit when he drove the wrong way on the M62 and collided head-on with a car in which Rebecca was a passenger.
Rebecca, 20, of Birstall, was flung from the car and fatally injured in the smash, which happened in the early hours of September 16 this year, a court heard.
At a hearing at Manchester Munshill Street Crown Court on Tuesday, Rebecca’s family and friends wept as they heard details of the tragic accident.
Prosecuting, Tina Landale said Museka, 31, had been at a house party drinking lager and rum mixed with Red Bull half an hour before CCTV caught him passing no entry signs on the M62 slip road and joining the eastbound carriageway at junction 21 in Littleborough, Greater Manchester.
A motorist on the hard shoulder waved and flashed a torch at Museka and another car was forced to swerve onto the hard shoulder to avoid crashing into him.
At around 2.55am, between junctions 21 and 22, Museka collided head-on with the Chevrolet Matiz in which Rebecca was a back-seat passenger.
The 20-year-old Leeds Metropolitan University student had been travelling home from a night out in Manchester with friends.
The court heard that Museka, who had 11 previous motoring convictions, had never held a full driving licence.
On the night of the crash he was driving his cousin’s car and had fraudulently taken out an insurance policy in his cousin’s name, adding himself as a named driver.
Mitigating, Nicola Gatto said Museka was ‘consumed with regret and remorse’.
Sentencing, Judge Adrian Smith said: “No sentence of this court can possibly reflect the loss of a life such as Becky’s.
“She had a bright and happy future to look forward to and no sentence can measure the huge loss felt by her family and friends.”
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