Driver Thomas Lee jailed for killing mum-of-two Kremena Mersinkova while drunk and on drugs

Thomas Joseph Lee was jailed for five years and seven months

Thomas Joseph Lee was jailed for five years and seven months

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A driver who killed a mum-of-two in front of her husband after losing control of his car while drunk and on drugs has been jailed for five years and seven months.

Kremena Mersinkova, 40, died after Thomas Joseph Lee's car careered off the road at 50mph Godstone Road, Purley, on February 16 last year. 

Lee, of Money Road, Caterham, who was over the drink-drive limit and had taken cocaine and mephedrone, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Croydon Crown Court yesterday. 

Mrs Mersinkova suffered multiple injuries in the collision, which happened on a 30mph stretch of the road, near the junction of Little Roke Road, while she was walking home from work with husband Plamen, 46. 

The couple, who had been working a night shift together as cleaners at University College Hospital, were just minutes away from the home in Whyteleafe that they shared with their 16-year-old daughter Rosemary.

They had moved to Croydon from Bulgaria just months before Mrs Merskinkova's death.

Croydon Guardian:

Kremena Mersinkova and husband Plamen

Mr Mersinkov, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in the crash, spoke in court yesterday of the devastation his wife's death caused his family. 

He said: "None of these injuries caused me as much pain as I felt when I was searching for my wife who had been thrown into the next garden.

"At the time I prayed to God to save my wife but I knew she was dead.

"Kremena was the flame of the family. Nothing is the same as before."

Lee, who was charged by police in November, was also disqualified from driving for five years. 

Croydon Guardian:

Lee's Citreon Saxo careered off the road and hit Mrs Mersinkova

Detective Sergeant Mick Woollard of the Metropolitan Police's Road Death Investigation Unit, said: "This is a tragic loss of a wife and mother of two daughters.

"Lee took drink and drugs before driving a motor vehicle. I'm sure he regrets his actions and is remorseful but there is a clear message here that driving under the influence can kill people."

The couple - whose other daughter, Vicky, 21, lives in Bulgaria - ran a cleaning company together called KPVR.

They had moved to Croydon from Bulgaria just months before Mrs Mersinkova's death.

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11:00am Fri 28 Feb 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Five years inside & five years ban? What a joke. Drunk & high on drugs, should have been a minimum 10 stretch, followed by a life driving ban.
This scum has ruined the lives of many by his selfish & criminal act.
Five years inside & five years ban? What a joke. Drunk & high on drugs, should have been a minimum 10 stretch, followed by a life driving ban. This scum has ruined the lives of many by his selfish & criminal act. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 7

2:38pm Fri 28 Feb 14

SUuser says...

"mephedrone"? Spell check!
"mephedrone"? Spell check! SUuser
  • Score: -1

4:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

andrewss says...

Yes this sentence is insulting to the poor victim's family. Perhaps the Judge needs to revisit the sentencing guidelines. Pathetic sentence. Drink drugs and speed are all aggravating factors.
Yes this sentence is insulting to the poor victim's family. Perhaps the Judge needs to revisit the sentencing guidelines. Pathetic sentence. Drink drugs and speed are all aggravating factors. andrewss
  • Score: 4

6:08pm Fri 28 Feb 14

godzilla7777 says...

He will actually do about 34 months if that. This was not a case of careless driven. If you do drugs and drink and get behind the wheel you are taking a knowing risk with other peoples lives.
He will actually do about 34 months if that. This was not a case of careless driven. If you do drugs and drink and get behind the wheel you are taking a knowing risk with other peoples lives. godzilla7777
  • Score: 4

8:51pm Sat 1 Mar 14

daniel_son says...

Were any of you involved?

Have any of you actually been involved in the court case?

Let me answer... NO!!

Involved in this case were many factors. Which if you all knew would make complete sense as to why Mr Lee got this sentence.

Too many busy bodies with nothing better to do!!

From such a small article you have judged someone. All of you have blatantly been driving over the speed limit once or twice in your lives..

So instead of putting your pennies worth in, I have a brilliant idea... Go and do something productive!!
Were any of you involved? Have any of you actually been involved in the court case? Let me answer... NO!! Involved in this case were many factors. Which if you all knew would make complete sense as to why Mr Lee got this sentence. Too many busy bodies with nothing better to do!! From such a small article you have judged someone. All of you have blatantly been driving over the speed limit once or twice in your lives.. So instead of putting your pennies worth in, I have a brilliant idea... Go and do something productive!! daniel_son
  • Score: -7

9:11pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

daniel_son wrote:
Were any of you involved?

Have any of you actually been involved in the court case?

Let me answer... NO!!

Involved in this case were many factors. Which if you all knew would make complete sense as to why Mr Lee got this sentence.

Too many busy bodies with nothing better to do!!

From such a small article you have judged someone. All of you have blatantly been driving over the speed limit once or twice in your lives..

So instead of putting your pennies worth in, I have a brilliant idea... Go and do something productive!!
No, we did not judge, the court did. So do not justify his drinking & drug taking.
Over a long period I have dealt with the aftermath of fatal accidents, some where a drink driver was involved. I have given witness evidence at court involving deaths caused by drink. The memories do not go away. It was not his speed, it was his drink & drug intake, as proved by the court, not me or this paper, that convicted him. If you are his friends or relatives, support him by all means, but don't try to justify his actions.
[quote][p][bold]daniel_son[/bold] wrote: Were any of you involved? Have any of you actually been involved in the court case? Let me answer... NO!! Involved in this case were many factors. Which if you all knew would make complete sense as to why Mr Lee got this sentence. Too many busy bodies with nothing better to do!! From such a small article you have judged someone. All of you have blatantly been driving over the speed limit once or twice in your lives.. So instead of putting your pennies worth in, I have a brilliant idea... Go and do something productive!![/p][/quote]No, we did not judge, the court did. So do not justify his drinking & drug taking. Over a long period I have dealt with the aftermath of fatal accidents, some where a drink driver was involved. I have given witness evidence at court involving deaths caused by drink. The memories do not go away. It was not his speed, it was his drink & drug intake, as proved by the court, not me or this paper, that convicted him. If you are his friends or relatives, support him by all means, but don't try to justify his actions. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 7

9:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

daniel_son says...

Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
daniel_son wrote:
Were any of you involved?

Have any of you actually been involved in the court case?

Let me answer... NO!!

Involved in this case were many factors. Which if you all knew would make complete sense as to why Mr Lee got this sentence.

Too many busy bodies with nothing better to do!!

From such a small article you have judged someone. All of you have blatantly been driving over the speed limit once or twice in your lives..

So instead of putting your pennies worth in, I have a brilliant idea... Go and do something productive!!
No, we did not judge, the court did. So do not justify his drinking & drug taking.
Over a long period I have dealt with the aftermath of fatal accidents, some where a drink driver was involved. I have given witness evidence at court involving deaths caused by drink. The memories do not go away. It was not his speed, it was his drink & drug intake, as proved by the court, not me or this paper, that convicted him. If you are his friends or relatives, support him by all means, but don't try to justify his actions.
It was the speed hence "losing control of the vehicle" that killed the victim. Yes the drink and drugs are a factor.

Like I said had you known all the facts throughout the court case things would be A LOT clearer.

I understand you are one of these people that have "been here and done that" but without the full story, unfortunately like other narrow minded people that believe the media rather than the truth.. you HAVE judged!
[quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]daniel_son[/bold] wrote: Were any of you involved? Have any of you actually been involved in the court case? Let me answer... NO!! Involved in this case were many factors. Which if you all knew would make complete sense as to why Mr Lee got this sentence. Too many busy bodies with nothing better to do!! From such a small article you have judged someone. All of you have blatantly been driving over the speed limit once or twice in your lives.. So instead of putting your pennies worth in, I have a brilliant idea... Go and do something productive!![/p][/quote]No, we did not judge, the court did. So do not justify his drinking & drug taking. Over a long period I have dealt with the aftermath of fatal accidents, some where a drink driver was involved. I have given witness evidence at court involving deaths caused by drink. The memories do not go away. It was not his speed, it was his drink & drug intake, as proved by the court, not me or this paper, that convicted him. If you are his friends or relatives, support him by all means, but don't try to justify his actions.[/p][/quote]It was the speed hence "losing control of the vehicle" that killed the victim. Yes the drink and drugs are a factor. Like I said had you known all the facts throughout the court case things would be A LOT clearer. I understand you are one of these people that have "been here and done that" but without the full story, unfortunately like other narrow minded people that believe the media rather than the truth.. you HAVE judged! daniel_son
  • Score: -4

10:37am Sun 2 Mar 14

christhegoth says...

Booze & Cocaine/Meow-meow. How very Croydon.

And yes he was an utter moron for getting behind a wheel in this state. And yes he does deserve a big sentence.


Christian, Executive, Croydon Mental Health Forum.
Booze & Cocaine/Meow-meow. How very Croydon. And yes he was an utter moron for getting behind a wheel in this state. And yes he does deserve a big sentence. Christian, Executive, Croydon Mental Health Forum. christhegoth
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Dani78 says...

FACT - Driver was drunk and high on drugs then decides to drive vehicle
FACT - Innocent mother gets killed because of this mindless moron
FACT - Lives ruined and children left with no mother....

Daniel Son what more facts do you want, im guessing your one of this idiots friends to come on and defend this idiot and i hope that you never have to go through what this poor family have gone through .. I sincerely hope that he gets some serious man love whilst locked up and the sentence is a joke...
FACT - Driver was drunk and high on drugs then decides to drive vehicle FACT - Innocent mother gets killed because of this mindless moron FACT - Lives ruined and children left with no mother.... Daniel Son what more facts do you want, im guessing your one of this idiots friends to come on and defend this idiot and i hope that you never have to go through what this poor family have gone through .. I sincerely hope that he gets some serious man love whilst locked up and the sentence is a joke... Dani78
  • Score: 3

12:51pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Dani78 says...

christhegoth wrote:
Booze & Cocaine/Meow-meow. How very Croydon. And yes he was an utter moron for getting behind a wheel in this state. And yes he does deserve a big sentence. Christian, Executive, Croydon Mental Health Forum.
Chris dont tarnish all croydon residents with drink and drugs..
[quote][p][bold]christhegoth[/bold] wrote: Booze & Cocaine/Meow-meow. How very Croydon. And yes he was an utter moron for getting behind a wheel in this state. And yes he does deserve a big sentence. Christian, Executive, Croydon Mental Health Forum.[/p][/quote]Chris dont tarnish all croydon residents with drink and drugs.. Dani78
  • Score: 2

1:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

I have just read of a young man who has been sentenced, for killing a young girl while drink driving, to 12 years prison. This happened in East England & is being reported today. Now that IS a sentence.
I have just read of a young man who has been sentenced, for killing a young girl while drink driving, to 12 years prison. This happened in East England & is being reported today. Now that IS a sentence. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 3

1:07pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Dani78 says...

Hove Ex-Pat wrote:
I have just read of a young man who has been sentenced, for killing a young girl while drink driving, to 12 years prison. This happened in East England & is being reported today. Now that IS a sentence.
problem is there is no consitency and should be a set sentence rather then what the judge feels is fair...
[quote][p][bold]Hove Ex-Pat[/bold] wrote: I have just read of a young man who has been sentenced, for killing a young girl while drink driving, to 12 years prison. This happened in East England & is being reported today. Now that IS a sentence.[/p][/quote]problem is there is no consitency and should be a set sentence rather then what the judge feels is fair... Dani78
  • Score: 2

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