Drink-driver jailed for killing toddler

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A woman has been jailed for seven years for killing a toddler in his pushchair while drink-driving.

Katie Gutierrez-Perez, 40, was on her way to hospital after a failed suicide when her 4x4 came off the road and hit Tina Woods, 31, and her 15-month-old son, Finlay. Mrs Woods, who was injured, had been waiting to collect two of her children from school when Finlay was killed outside Selwyn Primary in Chingford, east London, on 18 September last year.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Gutierrez-Perez, of Chingford, had tried to kill herself after her husband left her the night before. She had drunk two bottles of cider and a glass of wine and taken 14 sleeping pills.

Gutierrez-Perez, who admitted causing death by dangerous driving and driving without insurance, had been doing 40mph when she lost control of the car and swerved on to the kerb.