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Inquest into death of Yasmin O’Donnell

Yasmin O'Donnell

Inquest into death of Yasmin O’Donnell

Yasmin O’Donnell, 29, from Louth, died in the head-on crash on London Road, Burwell, Lincolnshire on 15 July 2020.

An inquest held on what would have been Yasmin’s 2 year wedding anniversary heard that she was was killed by a motorist who was high on cocaine and “driving like he was invincible.”

The driver, Jason Dey, was on the wrong side of the road driving at 70mph in a 40mph zone and had double the legal limit of cocaine in his system.

Coroner Paul Cooper said Mrs O’Donnell, who was 12 weeks pregnant, died as a result of a head injury.

Thirty-six-year-old Dey survived the collision but died at the age of 37 in an unrelated incident.

Lincolnshire Police said that if he had not died he would have been prosecuted for causing death by dangerous driving.

The inquest was told Mrs O’Donnell had been going home from work when her car was hit with such force it was pushed backwards into another vehicle carrying a couple and their son.

One witness said Dey was “driving like he was invincible, and he could have done what he liked”.

Mrs O’Donnell’s husband Sam O’Donnell paid tribute to his wife after Tuesday’s hearing, describing her as “a thoroughly wholesome person, inside and out” and “hardworking, sweet and kind”.

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