A woman driver who mowed down and killed a cyclist as she chased the boyfriend who had just dumped her wept as she was jailed for four years.

Jilted Emma Egan, who had been drinking, jumped into her car and followed boyfriend Liam Dent at speeds of almost 70mph.

Egan, 26, of Ashworth Green, Dewsbury, ploughed into father-of-two Eric Codling in Sheffield last November.

Egan wept uncontrollably as the circumstances surrounding the crash were read out at Sheffield Crown Court.

She was over the drink drive limit and was travelling at around 69mph at the time.

The court heard she had been chasing her boyfriend, who was travelling in a car in front of her, after he had just ended their relationship.

The tragedy happened in Whirlowdale Road, Whirlow. Mr Codling, of Millhouses, Sheffield, died at the scene.

Cyclist Eric Codling who was killed by jilted driver Emma Egan in Sheffield.
Cyclist Eric Codling who was killed by jilted driver Emma Egan in Sheffield.
 

Beauty therapist Egan, whose own sister was killed by a drink driver eight years earlier, was locked up for four years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

She will only serve half the sentence before being freed and the jail time was slammed by Mr Codling’s family.

His devastated wife Karen, 50, who was in court to watch Egan jailed, said: “This is not justice. Is Eric’s life only worth four years?

“I know nothing will bring Eric back but four years is disgusting. To only serve two years for killing somebody just doesn’t make sense. Why is what she did any different to murder?

“We don’t feel there has been any justice.”

Mrs Codling said the fact Egan’s own sister was knocked down and killed by a drink driver “added insult to injury.”

She added: “Egan’s own mum at the time said a four-year sentence for the driver who killed her daughter was an outrage, and she is right – it is.”

The court heard that Egan jumped behind the wheel of her car after a night of drinking.

While tailgating her ex Egan lost control of her Vauxhall Astra. The car spun round and ploughed head on into Mr Codling, who was catapulted from his bike.

Despite initially stopping, Egan fled the scene.

When police found her in Mr Dent’s home she was “wailing incoherently, rocking in her seat and physically shaking before falling to the floor and vomiting.”

Egan, who wept throughout the court hearing, said to police officers who tracked her down: “Oh God, what have I done? I’m so sorry.”

She was also banned from driving for six years.

Her barrister Alan Taylor said Egan was “profoundly sorry for her actions leading to the tragedy.”

He said she had been in a state of “emotional turmoil” at the time.

He added: “She must bear the heavy burden of guilt for the rest of her life. Not a day will go by when she will not remember the pain and anguish she has caused.”

Sentencing Egan, Recorder of Sheffield Judge Julian Goose said: “No order or sentence will bring back the life of the deceased.”

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