Drink Driver Jailed for Causing Death and Serious Injury by Dangerous Driving, Manston Lane, Leeds

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

A driver who killed a woman and seriously injured a child in a head-on collision in Leeds has been jailed.  

Alice Birchall

Jonathon Hopkinson was over the drink drive limit when his Audi collided with a Nissan Juke driven by 22-year-old Alice Birchall on Manston Lane on June 18, 2022.  

Hopkinson also seriously injured an eight-year-old passenger who was travelling in his car.  

Alice, from Crossgates, died in hospital after being critically injured in the collision.  

Hopkinson admitted drink driving, causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.  

Appearing before Leeds Crown Court for sentencing today (11/6), he was jailed for eight years for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further two-year sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving to run concurrently.  

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years.  

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Lindsey Pickles of West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team (MCET) said: “By taking to the wheel while over limit that night, Hopkinson’s actions caused the death of one young woman and untold devastation to her friends and family.  

“He also caused the serious injury of a child.”  

“Our thoughts go out to Alice’s family. Nothing will bring her back, but I hope the sentence handed down today will bring some closure as well as serving as a message to those who drive under the influence of drink or drugs.” 

Alice Birchall
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