A reckless motorist who killed a young model while drink driving the wrong way on the M62 has been jailed for eight years in Manchester today.
Asylum-seeking Zimbabwean Wilfred Museka, 31, of Powell Street, Clayton, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, fraud by false representation, driving without insurance, driving under the influence of alcohol and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Leeds City College business student Becky Caine, 20, died in a horror smash on the motorway near junction 21 while travelling with friends on September 16.
In a heartfelt tribute her family said: “As you can imagine our lives are shattered and our hearts are broken into pieces.
“She was a beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her. She was embarking on a modelling career and would be finishing her final year of her business degree at Leeds University.
“Rebecca was a bright light that attracted everything to her with her infectious laugh and her beaming smile.
“She saw the best in everyone and was loved by hundreds of friends.”
Becky died when the Chevrolet Matiz she was travelling in was involved in a head-on collision with a Renault Megane.
The driver of the Matiz and two other passengers suffered minor injuries.
Following his arrest for causing death by dangerous driving Museka failed a breath test. A blood test later revealed he was more than twice the drink drive limit.
Museka, who has a previous conviction for drink driving and other motoring offences, was also found not to have a full valid UK driving licence and in fact only had a provisional licence. He also obtained insurance for the vehicle he was driving fraudulently.
Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Lee Westhead, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “I would like to thank the Caine family for the dignity and patience they have shown during this terrible time.
“Their daughter was taken from them in a senseless and totally avoidable act by a selfish individual with no respect for other road users.
“Wilfred Museka thought nothing of consuming so much alcohol that he was over twice the legal limit and then went on to drive the wrong way down a motorway.
“It is clear to the investigation team that Rebecca was a wonderful individual who was loved by her family and had so much to offer the world.
“I hope today’s sentence goes some way to repairing the damage done by Wilfred Museka and offers some closure to the family. My thoughts are also with the three survivors from the vehicle Rebecca was travelling in. Their lives were put at risk and they are now coming to terms with the loss of their friend.
“Drivers should treat the people who share the roads with them with respect and any driver who fails to meet the required standards can expect to be investigated tirelessly and thoroughly.”