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Shaftesbury woman pleads guilty over fatal road traffic collision in which her daughter died

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A woman charged in connection with a fatal collision near Blandford which claimed the life of her three-year-old daughter has entered guilty pleas at court.

Alanda Jane Pike, aged 34 of Shaftesbury, appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court today, Thursday 5 October 2017, charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol and drugs.

She entered guilty pleas to all four charges and will be sentenced on Thursday 26 October 2017.

At 7.40am on Thursday 24 August 2017 a two-vehicle road traffic collision occurred on the A354 at Thickthorn Cross involving a Vauxhall Astra being driven by Pike and a Ford Transit van.

Pike, who had her three-year-old daughter Louisa in rear of the car, pulled out of the junction straight into the path of the van.

Pike suffered a leg and head injury as a result of the collision and was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, along with her daughter Louisa who had sustained a serious head injury.

The driver of the van, a 44-year-old woman from Salisbury, was taken to Salisbury District Hospital for treatment to serious injuries to her hand and arm.

Very sadly Louisa passed away on Friday 25 August 2017.

A blood sample was taken from Pike when she was in hospital which she later gave consent to be analysed.

That analysis found that it contained at least 171 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood.

Given that the sample was taken nearly five hours after the collision, a subsequent back calculation indicated that her blood alcohol level at the time of the incident was actually around 284 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – more than three and a half times the legal limit.

Analysis of the blood sample also revealed the presence of benzoylecgonine, a breakdown product of cocaine. A toxicology report stated that the level of the substance was 181 micrograms per litre of blood, more than three and a half times the specified legal limit of 50 micrograms per litre.

Police Sergeant Phil Lee, of the traffic unit, said: ‘Alanda Pike’s decision to drive while so intoxicated that day both through drink and drugs has resulted in truly devastating consequences, with the tragic death of her three-year-old daughter.

‘This incredibly sad case yet again demonstrates the truly devastating consequences that driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol has not only for the families involved, but for the wider communities, and I hope that other motorists will remember Louisa and think again when considering getting behind the wheel if they are in any way intoxicated.

‘Our sincerest thoughts are with Louisa’s friends and family at this very difficult time.’

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