Mum yelled ‘why didn’t I put on their seatbelt?’ after killing kids in crash

A drink-driving mum yelled “why didn’t I put on their seatbelt?” after killing her kids, aged four and 10, in a deadly smash. Mary McCann, 35, hit the Scania HGV while driving northbound on the M1 near Milton Keynes at about 11.10pm on August 9 last year. Lilly McCann, four, and Smaller Peter McCann, who was 10 that day, died at the scene, between junctions 14 and 15.

Stephen Shay, prosecuting, said: “Ms McCann was driving three children in a Vauxhall Astra car when at 11.12pm she collided with the rear of a lorry driven by Simon Denton. “Tragically, two of her children were killed.” McCann was driving at 72mph in a 60 zone, with Lilly and Smaller not wearing their seatbelts. Mum dies of liver failure after overdosing on Lemsip

Laban Leake, defending, said: “She is here to be punished by this court and rightly so, but it must be acknowledged that the true punishment for this offence lives within Mary McCann. It is to that unquenchable wheel of fire that Mary McCann is bound.” Judge Francis Sheridan said: “There is no punishment commensurate with the loss of one’s two children and I accept that.

“The message must go out: don’t drive under the influence of alcohol.” McCann, of Bamford Avenue, Derby, was jailed for 49 months and banned from driving for seven years and two weeks after admitting two counts of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink.

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