Bride-to-be calls off wedding after head-on collision with drunk-driver


Bride-to-be calls off wedding after head-on collision with drunk-driver

A bride-to-be who was set to marry her childhood sweetheart of 10 years was forced to cancel her wedding after a drink-driver ploughed into the car she was travelling in.

Annabelle Cooper, 26, from Fawley, Hampshire was left with a six-inch scar on her head after a driver careered off the road and then swerved back into oncoming traffic.
> Miss Cooper was travelling along the A326 near Hardley on February 15 this year when a Ford Mondeo driven by Jennifer Kemish, 30, from Marchwood, Hampshire struck the Vauxhall Vectra Miss Cooper's partner Mr Clarke was driving.

Kemish, 30, had drunk three pints of lager at a pub in Fawley before getting behind the wheel of her car, a court heard.

She lost control of her vehicle and drove onto a grass verge before swerving into the path of Mr Clarke's Vectra.

Miss Cooper had adjusted her seatbelt to tend to her three-year-old son Paul when the accident happened and the impact threw her forward, smashing her head into the windscreen.

Prosecutor Kelly Wickens told Southampton Magistrates' Court Kemish had 107mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, which is just over the legal limit of 80mg.

Bride-to-be calls off wedding after head-on collision with drunk-driver

She was banned from driving for 20 months, given eight penalty points and fined £600 after pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention while under the influence.

Kemish was also given a community order, and told to pay £60 into a fund for victims of crime.

Miss Cooper has said the incident has traumatised her for the rest of her life. She told the Daily Mail: "'I'm still so shocked that someone can get into a car and cause this amount of pain to someone.

"The judge thought the sentence was good enough for her and who am I to argue with that. But my wedding plans are shattered and I have got to live with it for the rest of my life.

"I didn't know what was going on and I couldn't see anything out of my right eye. It was really shocking to see my reflection in the bathroom mirror, I looked like a Chucky doll and I just cried and cried."

As she left court, Kemish said: "I am sorry for hurting them. I didn't mean for it to happen."