‘Suicidal’ Sheffield driver loses extradition crash appeal

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A WOMAN from Sheffield woman wanted by the authorities in the United States over a death crash in Florida has lost her appeal against extradition.

US authorities want to extradite Richen Turner, aged 42, so she can appear in court in connection with the death of motorist Peter Cambra, who died after a collision in Broward County, Florida, in October 2005.

Ms Turner, of Standon Road, Wincobank, appealed against extradition - granted last May - on the grounds she was mentally ill and suicidal and would take her own life if the extradition order was granted.

But yesterday, Lord Justice Aikens, sitting at London’s High Court, found it would not be ‘unjust or oppressive’ to extradite her and refused the appeal.

Turner is accused of being over the drink-drive limit when she ran a red light and smashed into Mr Cambra’s vehicle.

At a previous hearing, her barrister Ben Lloyd presented evidence from consultant forensic psychiatrist, Gwilym Hayes, that Ms Turner was so traumatised by the prospect of an enforced return to Florida she posed ‘a high risk of suicide’.

Arguing it would be ‘oppressive’ to extradite her more than six years after the accident, Mr Lloyd said Ms Turner had been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, was on medication and had a previous history of self-harming.

But Peter Caldwell, for the US government, argued the risk of suicide was ‘not sufficiently great’ to block her extradition and insisted she would receive appropriate treatment in America.

Last month, Turner took an overdose of drugs she had bought on the internet and was admitted to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

But Lord Justice Aikens said, although Turner’s condition was ‘delicate and difficult’ and there was a ‘substantial danger’ she could attempt suicide again, it was not unjust to extradite her.