A woman has been jailed after causing the death of a passenger in a road traffic collision in Stoke-on-Trent.
Zakia Akhtar (30) of Grove Street, Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court and was sentenced to four years imprisonment.
Akhtar also received a four year driving ban with the requirement to take an extended test upon expiry.
This followed a detailed investigation by the Central Motorway Police Group Regional Collision Investigation Unit into the collision, which happened at around 7.35pm on Friday 8 January and resulted in the death of Akhtar's sister-in-law Mobeen Hussain, aged 25, of Kirby Street, Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent.
Akhtar was driving her Vauxhall Corsa along Clough Street, Hanley, when she drove into a stationary parked Mercedes articulated lorry.
Sgt Rich Moors, the Senior Collision Investigator, said: "Today's sentence is to be welcomed. Akhtar has been sent to prison as a result of her failure to drive in a safe and controlled manner. Mobeen's death was a direct result of Akhtar's driving and she must now face the consequences of her actions. She was found to have excessive alcohol in her system and was speeding, completely disregarding the safety of her passenger and other road users.
"Today's sentence should serve as a stark warning to all motorists who use Staffordshire's roads that driving while under the influence of alcohol could have grave consequences and will be dealt with by the courts.
"Staffordshire Police, together with our partners, is committed to making the county's roads a safer place and our efforts to drive down fatal and serious injury road traffic collisions are ongoing."