A driver who was too drunk to get behind the steering wheel crashed into the vehicle driven by a famed island veterinarian.
The 27-year-old suspect who was an officer of a luxurious yacht identified as Thomas Wainwright operated his Maserati and ploughed it right into the van driven by the 29-year old Theresa Wade.
The drunk driver has been found culpable of dangerous driving by a set of jurors at the Glasgow High Court yesterday. He is set to face a long prison sentence. Members of the victim’s family displayed their relief and contentment as the guilty verdict was released.
The tragic accident which resulted from the suspect’s reckless and dangerous driving happened on October 28, 2015, at A849 Craignure, Isle of Mull. Wainwright deviated away from the right part of the road and travelled at 95mph in the Maserati which he rented. It was only minutes until he crashed into a Berlingo van driven by Miss Wade.
While on trial, Wainwright and Jerome Lopez, his passenger, asserted that it was the victim who had been driving on the erroneous side. The jury, however, did not accept their statement as the truth.
After the hearing, Charles Pease, the ten-year partner of Miss Wade said that Wainwright should live with the crime that he committed. “The decision brought today by the jury has justified Theresa early. It has not brought back her life but our faith in the judicial system of this country remained strong.” Pease added.
Witnesses affirmed the court that the suspect of dangerous driving and manslaughter drank two and a half liters of Magners Cider and two bottles of whisky. These alcohols were all bought at the Tobermory’s Mishnish Hotel, Macgochan’s Pub, and in a neighborhood distillery. Another couple of cider pints were consumed in Craignure Inn.
Miss Wade was killed at the scene where the vehicles crashed as she was trapped inside.