The legal saga of death crash suspect Richen Turner has taken a new twist as it emerged she was in hospital over the weekend due to her fragile mental state.
Ms Turner, aged 43, is accused by US authorities of being over the drink-drive limit when her car struck another vehicle in Broward County, Florida, in October 2005.
The US Government is petitioning for her to stand trial in Florida over the death of Peter Cambra, but Ms Turner’s lawyers insist she is not mentally fit to be extradited.
Ms Turner, of Merton Lane, Wincobank, Sheffield, allegedly shot a red light before her car cannoned into the side of another driven by Mr Cambra, who died.
Last week her barrister, Ben Lloyd, told top judges his client had taken an overdose on July 11.
The case first reached the High Court in January when Mr Lloyd disclosed Ms Turner was a high suicide risk with a history of acute depression. Mr Lloyd urged that her mental state meant extradition was inhumane and should be blocked by the UK courts.
The two judges - Lord Justice Aikens and Mr Justice Globe - were due to rule yesterday. But, as Lord Justice Aikens was on the point of delivering judgment, Mr Lloyd revealed Ms Turner had been admitted to the Michael Carlisle Centre, in Nether Edge, Sheffield, over the weekend.
Lord Justice Aikens decided to defer judgment for Ms Turner’s lawyers to secure more information from medics about her condition.
He said the information was ‘essential to the appeal process’.