A man caught drink-driving for a third time has been jailed today.
Ben Hulme, 35, of Exley Lane, Elland, has been jailed for 56 months this morning for causing the death of Debbie Charlton by careless driving while over the prescribed limit for alcohol.
He was more than three times the limit when he crashed her Vauxhall Adam car on the Rochdale Road at Triangle on Valentine’s Day.
Miss Charlton, who was a front seat passenger, died from her injuries at the scene.
Hulme had two previous convictions for driving over the limit and a previous three-year driving ban had only expired a couple of weeks before the fatal collision.
Hulme has been banned from driving for five years and must take an extended driving test at the end of his disqualification.
Ms Charlton was an official of FC Halifax.
She died and as many as six others were hurt in the smash on a Calderdale road.
The crash involving two cars happened on the A58 Rochdale Road at Triangle, between Ripponden and Sowerby Bridge.
The club said at the time that Ms Charlton had “a wide range of sports sales and commercial experience, not least with a prolonged spell at the Bradford Bulls”.