Mother-to-be Paige Jackson, 22, was on her way to work in Leicester in February when she was hit by a speeding car which came onto the kerb killing her instantly. Her son, who she had already named Rueben, died later in hospital after doctors carried out an emergency Caesarean but could not save his life.
The young woman, who was a professional dancer and aspiring model, was working at her local McDonald’s to earn some extra money for her soon-to-be-born baby.
Floyd Mangove, 22, a care worker, was the driver of the Volkswagen which was travelling at over 70mph in a 30mph zone when the young woman was hit. CCTV showed that the vehicle was moving at between 71mph and 88mph when it struck Ms Jackson.
It later emerged that Mangove had been both drinking and smoking cannabis before he got in his car that morning, just before 7am, after what he described as ‘rough night.’ The young man, who was arrested at the scene of the crash, had 142 micrograms of alcohol in a 100 millilitres sample of his blood – way above the legal limit of 80 micrograms.
Prosecutor Martin Hurst described the tragic accident. “His wheels locked and he mounted the pavement, demolishing a road sign with two upright posts which acted as a ramp, causing the car to take off and rotate 360 degrees, landing on its wheels,” said Hurst. He added, “In the course of the flight he struck Paige from behind, causing massive injuries to her head, abdomen and leg.”
Mangove, who admitted to causing death by dangerous driving, was told by Judge Nicholas Dean QC on Friday: “You were responsible for those deaths by the way you drove your car.” Relatives of the victim applauded the judge at Leicester Crown Court when he said, “I’m treating it as the death of more than one person.” The judge also said: "It's hard to imagine a more tragic case than this.”
Mangove was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail, avoiding a sentence of around 12 years because of his guilty plea and the fact that he did not flee from the scene.
Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge, from the Serious Collision Investigation unit said, "Any fatal road traffic collision is upsetting, but this was made all the more so by the fact Paige was pregnant with her first child.” Partridge continued, “I am pleased that Mangove has pleaded guilty, saving Paige's family and loved ones the distressing experience of sitting through a trial.”
The victim’s loved ones said after the court hearing that the jail sentence “doesn't change that she has been taken away from us” and would never make up for the “life sentence of grief” they now face. Ms Jackson’s childhood sweetheart and fiancé Kane Johnson, 23, said: ‘What he has done has devastated so many lives, not just the two that were lost. Paige was the most beautiful and kind woman – she was loved by everyone.”