Mum who slept by daughter’s coffin says life ‘blown to pieces’ by drink driver

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A grieving mum has described the devastation felt by her family after her daughter was killed by a drink-driver.

Claire Danks says her world has been torn apart following the death of 22-year-old daughter Lauren – who was killed on November 10, 2019 – when her car was hit by a drink-driver speeding at 104 mph.

The accident happened on a road in Cambridgeshire a short drive from Centre Parcs in Elveden, Norfolk, where Lauren had been working.

Lauren’s family were angered when the driver, 64-year-old Nelson Curtis, was jailed for seven years in June – and over the fact he had previously been convicted of drink-driving offences twice before.

Opening up about her heartache, Claire says Lauren’s future was stolen, as were any future memories she could have ever hoped to have shared with her.

She said: “Being told our daughter was dead was like dropping a bomb and blowing our lives into pieces.

“We think about Lauren every day and have many wonderful memories. But there are so many more we won’t get to have."

Claire said her family went through further agony when they brought Lauren’s body home for a final time ahead of her funeral – with the loss hitting home all over again.

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She explained that she spent the night sleeping beside her daughter’s coffin, and her “heart broke again” as she watched her three sons talking to Lauren in her casket.

Clair said: ”We won’t see her get married, she will never have children. We don’t even know what she would look like now.”

The heartbroken mum urged: “What happened that night haunts us every day. Please don’t be the cause of another family’s tragedy. Please don’t drink and drive.”

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Curtis was jailed for seven years in June this year at Ipswich Crown Court.

He had been driving at 104 miles per hour and had drunk 10 pints over the course of nine hours before the accident happened.

Reports revealed he fled the scene of the collision – driving for two more miles despite the front wheel of his Jaguar being torn off in the collision.

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