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Bolton woman jailed after head-on death crash

Violeta Taraskevic

[A] woman has been jailed after a head-on collision in Bolton.

Violeta Taraskevic (07/05/1983) of Brierwood, Bolton pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Shortly before 5.15am on Monday 7 August 2017, police were called to reports of a serious collision involving a BMW 530 and a Chevrolet Matiz on Tonge Moor Road.

Taraskevic, the driver of the BMW, was travelling away from Bolton Town Centre when she reached a left hand bend.

Due to the level of her intoxication, she was unable to negotiate the turn without passing onto the opposite carriageway where she collided head-on with the Chevrolet Matiz, causing the 42-year-old driver, Ian Wilcox, to sustain life threatening injuries.

He was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

Today, Wednesday 4 October 2017, Taraskevic has been jailed for four years and eight months at Bolton Crown Court after appearing via video link.

She is also disqualified from driving for six years and five months.

Police Constable Paul Shore of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “That morning, Taraskevic was prepared to get behind the wheel while over the legal limit, not only putting her life in danger, but also the lives of other road users.

“Her careless actions have tragically changed Ian’s family’s lives forever and although no result from court is going to bring him back, she is behind bars living with her inexcusable decision.

“Driving with any level of alcohol in your system can and does have devastating consequences. The only safe amount to drink is none at all – none for the road.

“If you know someone who is prepared to drink drive, please call us as soon as you can so we can prevent other people from making reckless decisions that jeopardise the safety of the people of Greater Manchester.”

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