Justice has finally caught up with a drink-driver from Sheffield who went on the run for seven years after killing a man in a road smash in the United States.
Richen Turner, aged 45, from Standon Road, Wincobank, wept in a Florida court and apologised to the family of American man Peter Cambra before she was jailed for six years by a US judge.
Speaking exclusively to The Star from Rhode Island, Peter’s brother Joey, 48, said today: “We were a very close family, but this destroyed us.
“Everyone just disconnected.
“I’m not angry, but I’m hurt I’ve lost my brother. She should never have left the country.”
Turner was three times the drink-drive limit when she went through a red light at Atlantic Boulevard and Federal Highway in Pompano Beach and smashed into bodybuilder Mr Cambra’s vehicle in October 2005.
The 39-year-old’s family were left devastated by his death - while Turner fled back to Sheffield.
She was tracked down only after the Cambra family hired a private investigator, and she was finally extradited to the US in October 2012 to face charges after losing a lengthy legal battle.
She had claimed she was mentally ill, and threatened to commit suicide if she was made to go back.
But a judge ruled she must face charges relating to Mr Cambra’s death.
During the court hearing in Broward County, southern Florida, Mr Cambra’s emotional son Peter Cambra Jnr – who was just 16 when his father died – told Turner: “You took away someone who was not only a father, but just everything.
“He was a wonderful man.
“I don’t believe that any family or anyone should be wondering for a decade where you are or what you’re doing, or why you didn’t just come forward.”
Turner told him: “I can’t imagine what I’ve done to your family.”
Mr Cambra’s relatives returned to the scene of the crash yesterday to light candles.
His sister Anne Marie Bernier said: “My heart shatters to say that my brother has lost his life to a drunk driver.
“The impact this tragedy has had on my family is beyond any words I can say.”
Turner was given a six-year jail term followed by nine years’ probation, to be served in the US.