Drunk-drug driver kills 22-year-old heavily pregnant mum to be in horror car crash
A drunk and drug-fuelled driver who killed a pregnant woman and her unborn baby when he slammed into them at more than 70mph has been jailed for over seven years.
Stunning Paige Jackson, who was seven months’ pregnant, was killed instantly, and her unborn baby later died after she was hit as she walked to work in Leicester in February.
Floyd Mangove, also 22, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison at Leicester Crown Court yesterday (FRI).
Paige’s devastated boyfriend Kane Johnson said: “It doesn’t change that she has been taken away from us and I hope he suffers for what he did.
“He has this little sentence and I get a life sentence of grief.”
Mangove, a care worker, got in his car after what he called a ‘rough night’ and was seen by witnesses driving up to 90mph in a 30mph zone in his VW Jetta on Saffron Lane, Leicester just before 7am on February 15.
He failed to negotiate a gentle right turn and after ploughing through a road sign, his airborne car struck Paige from behind as she was on her way to work at McDonalds.
Martin Hurst, prosecuting, told the court: “His wheels locked and he mounted the pavement, demolishing a road sign with two upright posts which acted as a ramp, causing the car to take off and rotate 360-degrees, landing on its’ wheels on the carriageway.
“In the course of the flight he struck Paige from behind, causing massive injuries to her head, abdomen and leg.
“She died almost instantly and would not have been conscious.
“The baby wasn’t injured but died, despite a caesarean, and was otherwise entirely healthy and would have been born normally.
“The defendant stayed at the scene and claimed he could not remember what happened.”
A blood test revealed that Mangove, who had smoked cannabis before driving, had 142 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood when the legal limit is 80 micograms.
CCTV images prior to the collision confirmed he was travelling at speeds of 71-88mph.
Some of Paige’s family and friends, who were in court, wept during sentencing.
Kane, 23, a musician, was in court with Paige’s family for Mangove’s sentencing.
Speaking after the hearing, he said: “We are gutted that his sentence is not longer when he effectively took two lives not just one.
“What he has done has devastated so many lives, not just the two that were lost.
“Paige was the most beautiful and kind woman – she was loved by everyone.
“She worked hard and in her spare time taught dance to younger people – she was always thinking about others.
“We had been together a year and a half but we’d known each other since we were 16 and we were hoping to raise a family together.
“The birth of our son was going to mark our new life together.
“The last 10 months have been the worst in my life – losing my child as well as my girlfriend.
“No-one can understand what we as a family have been going through.
“This should be the biggest to people about what can happen if you drink and drive.
“I never thought that the impact would hit so close to home.”
Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Dean QC said: “It’s hard to imagine a more tragic case than this.
“You were responsible for those deaths by the way you drove your car.
“The way you drove was no doubt as a consequence of the alcohol you took in the hours leading up to the collision and the cannabis you had consumed.
“At the time you drove your VW Jetta in suburban Leicester you were drunk and affected by cannabis.”
“Your driving was prolonged, persistent and deliberate and I’m treating it as the death of more than one person.”
James Varley, mitigating, said Mangove was deeply remorseful and had suffered trauma and depression because of his actions.
He said: “He’s going to spend years in a prison cell and he accepts that.”
Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge, from the Serious Collision Investigation unit said: “Any fatal road traffic collision is upsetting, but this was made all the more so by the fact Paige was pregnant with her first child.
“I am pleased that Mangove has pleaded guilty, saving Paige’s family and loved ones the distressing experience of sitting through a trial.
“Mangove was driving at high speed and the results of his actions have been devastating.
“A family has been left without a daughter and will have to live with the consequences of that for the rest of their lives.”