Drink-drive mum ran over her fellas head and thought it was a traffic cone

A female drink-driver killed her partner after driving over his head outside his home.

Lucy Quirke, 38, was almost twice the legal alcohol limit when John Wright fell in front of her car the day before his 28th birthday, DerbyshireLive reports.

Chesterfield mum Quirke told the police that initially she did not realise what had happened and believed she had driven over a traffic cone that she thought must have been thrown by Wright.

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But, having found the victim lying in the road with catastrophic injuries including a fractured skull, fractured ribs and a lacerated liver, the care worker was described as "hysterical and crying" by police officers and paramedics after they had arrived at the scene.

Jailing Quirke for 15 months at Derby Crown Court, Judge Shaun Smith KC said: "Your negligence behind the wheel led to the loss of life of the man you loved. 

"Sadly, on October 25, 2021, John Wright got into the passenger side of your car and you got into the driver's seat, both of you had been drinking.

"It was you who chose to do so (drive) and somehow Mr Wright ended up in the carriageway and no-one will ever really know how. You were not paying attention and you did not see him.

"Tragically you ran over him and you had no idea at that stage what you had done. You thought you had run over a traffic cone.

"You worked for many years in the care industry making people feel at ease in their darkest hours. People who work with you speak of your downward spiral since the day of the incident.

"In your letter (to Mr Wright's family) you say you would swap places with John in a heartbeat and you will carry the guilt with you for the rest of your life."

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Quirke and Wright had been in a relationship since August 2021.

The pair had been drinking in the Moonrakers pub in Chesterfield for almost six hours on the evening of the tragic incident.

The court also heard that Quirke called her best friend three times on the night, saying in one of the conversations: "I think I've killed him."

The 38-year-old, who has no previous convictions of any kind, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while over the drink-drive limit.

As well as sentencing her to prison, Judge Smith disqualified the defendant from driving for two years from the point of her release from jail.


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