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Drink driver is living a life sentence’

PUBLISHED: 13:36 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

VICTIM: Filiz Ozkan was pregnant with her first child.

VICTIM: Filiz Ozkan was pregnant with her first child.

RELATIVES of a drink driver who has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years for killing her heavily pregnant daughter-in-law say she is living a life sentence. Ceyda Ozkan, 32, of St German s Road, Forest Hill, was sent to prison for crashing the Chevrole

RELATIVES of a drink driver who has been jailed for four-and-a-half-years for killing her heavily pregnant daughter-in-law say she is living a life sentence.

Ceyda Ozkan, 32, of St German's Road, Forest Hill, was sent to prison for crashing the Chevrolet Captiva people carrier, containing six passengers, on New Year's Day last year.

Front passenger Filiz Ozkan, 21, from Catford, who was pregnant with her first child, died at the scene, in Well Hall Road, Eltham, at 1.40am.

An eight-year-old girl was left in a critical condition after injuring her lungs, pelvis and wrist.

The rest of the passengers, including the driver, were hospitalised, but have since been discharged.

Ceyda Ozkan's sister said: "Filiz was like a daughter to her. She is living a life sentence from the grief of losing Filiz. Now her two children are left without a mummy for four-and-a-half years."

Tributes at the time of the fatal crash described the mum-to-be, who worked as a checkout girl at Sainsbury's in Forest Hill, as happy, bubbly and always there for her friends and family.

Her auntie Hulya Ozmen said: "We feel that justice. Ever since we lost my niece everything changed. We miss her a lot. Her mother is still grieving and her brother Sami is missing her badly."

Ceyda Ozkan pleaded guilty death by dangerous driving and was also charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention.

Ozkan was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court last Friday. She was banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended retest.


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