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Drink driver laughed emerging from car crash wreckage that left mum-of-two dead

A drink driver said he thought an accident which killed a mum-of-two and injured two others was funny.

Steve Boochoon, 25, ‘showed no compassion or concern for others’ after he crashed into an Uber carrying 52-year-old mum Franca Grossi just after midnight on August 13.

When police asked what he thought about the destroyed car, Boochoon answered: ‘To be honest, it’s their problem.’

He was laughing as he told officers: ‘I’ve only had two shots bro.’

The accident happened on a residential street, in Haringey, north London, where Boochoon was on the wrong side of the road and travelling at almost three times the 20mph speed limit.

He crashed into Franca’s taxi so fast the driver said he did not even realise it was a car, the Old Bailey heard.

Franca, who was on her way home from work drinks, died from her injuries the next day. The other two in the car, including Franca’s best friend Francesco Fontana, 48, escaped with injuries.

At the time, Boochoon was not allowed to be on the road because of a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated. He also had no insurance.

Franca’s husband James Manns read his victim impact statement out to the court.

He said: ‘The killing of my wife, and the mother of our two young daughters, has devastated us.

‘We still can’t and I doubt we will come to terms with this tragedy.

‘Every day I feel sick in the pit of my stomach and I will never get over the image in my head of when I was with Franca the day she died in hospital. A piece of me also died that day.

‘It has also devastated her mother, four sisters and nieces, having to come to terms with the fact she has so wrongfully been taken away from us so soon.

‘She was a young, kind, generous, passionate and happy woman always laughing and helping out people with such sincere honesty and love.

‘The loss of Franca and the impact of her death has brought huge financial stress to me and our two daughters with the worry of paying rent, bills and food a daily concern.

‘I’m left with anger and hatred towards Steve Boochoon which I have never felt towards anyone in my life before.

‘I will never forgive nor forget what he has done.’

Looking at Boochoon in the dock he said: ‘He has destroyed me and my life will never be the same.’

He added his eldest daughter was too traumatised to give an impact statement.

Francesco, who had been best friends with Franca for 20 years, was similarly heartbroken.

She said: ‘Dear Franca, I’ve been trying to write about my life without you for last nine weeks.

‘I didn’t want to because writing or talking about it makes it real. The truth is that it is real and nothing could be done or said to change it or make it better.

‘It’s not possible to put into words the impact the dangerous driving of Steve Boochoon has had on my life.

‘It has been beautiful to have you in my life for 20 years.

‘I don’t understand why dangerous people are left on our streets while you won’t be here to see your girls growing up.’

Speaking directly to Boochoon, judge Mark Dennis said: ‘This was a dreadful tragedy which in a moment has blighted the lives of so many.

‘You acted in disregard to your driving ban and the driving laws and you displayed a total disregard for the safety of other road users.

‘Sadly, Franca Grossi has paid the ultimate price for your recklessness.’

Boochoon, from Hornsey, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while disqualified, causing death by driving while uninsured and using a motor vehicle in a public place with no insurance.

He was sentenced to eight years in jail and will be banned from driving for 10 years and five months.

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