Four years for death smash drink-driver

Jill Creighton died in a road smash in Crookes
Jill Creighton died in a road smash in Crookes
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A DRINK-DRIVER who killed his girlfriend in a Sheffield road smash has been locked up for four years.

Jill Creighton, aged 53, died after Peter Riley, 46, got behind the wheel of his Honda and failed to negotiate a bend on Crookes Road, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Fiona Swain, prosecuting, said it was Riley’s third drink-drive conviction in five years.

She said Riley had been drinking vodka and Coke in city pubs with Mrs Creighton before the smash.

His car swerved into the opposite carriageway and struck a taxi at about 4.12am on April 10.

Mrs Creighton, the front-seat passenger, was not wearing a seat belt and died in hospital from multiple injuries.

Riley, who was slurring his words, gave a roadside breath-test and was nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit.

But he became argumentative and refused to give a breath sample at the police station, Mrs Swain said.

The taxi driver was left on crutches with a broken leg and arm and bruising to his chest and ribs.

Riley, of Lyons Road, Pitsmoor, said the taxi was upon him before he had time to swerve.

Police concluded he failed to negotiate the bend because of drink, excessive speed or a combination.

Danny Simpson, defending, said Riley realised he had a drink problem and had stopped drinking.

“It led to the death of a woman he was very much in love with at the time,” he said.

Riley admitted causing death by careless driving having failed to provide a specimen of breath.

Judge Michael Murphy QC said he should have made sure his partner’s seat belt was on and the offence was aggravated because of Riley’s poor drink-drive record.

“Your driving caused the death of a blameless person,” he said, and banned him from driving for eight years.