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Mum jailed for six years for killing daughter in drink drive crash

A mother from Shaftesbury has been jailed for six years and four months for killing her young daughter in a drink drive crash.

Alanda Jane Pike, who is 34, collided with a van near Blandford in August. 

Pike suffered a leg and head injury as a result of the collision and was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, along with her three-year-old daughter Louisa who had sustained a serious head injury. 

Sadly she died the next day.

The driver of the van, a 44-year-old woman from Salisbury, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital for treatment to serious injuries to her hand and arm.

Pike admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol and drugs.

It's thought she was more than three and a half times the legal limit. 

Pike was banned from driving for a period of nine years and two months.

Judge Peter Johnson told her: "Your actions caused the loss of a bright, bubbly child who was adored by many." 

Police Sergeant Phil Lee, of the traffic unit, said: "Yet again we are here dealing with the tragic aftermath of a wholly unnecessary and completely avoidable event that has had devastating effects on all those involved.

"While no sentence will ever compensate for their loss, I can only hope the conclusion of the legal proceedings will at least bring some comfort to Louisa’s family at this difficult time. 

"I wish to personally thank those witnesses who came forward to assist us with this complex enquiry. I would also like to pay tribute to the dedicated emergency service personnel who attended that day and dealt with the horrific circumstances as well as the family liaison officers, the extensive police investigation team and support staff who have worked tirelessly to ensure that Alanda faces the consequences of her actions.

"My message is clear that if you do drive after taking drink or drugs, you will be committing criminal offences and you will face the appropriate actions.

"We remain wholly committed to ensuring the safety of every road user in Dorset."

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