A man who drove the wrong way along a motorway while drunk has been jailed for killing a passenger in a car that he smashed into.
Wilfred Museka of Powell Street, Clayton, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, fraud by false representation, driving without insurance and driving other than in accordance with a driving licence. At Minshull Street Crown Court he was sentenced to eight years in prison.
On Sunday 16 September 2012, Museka, who was driving a black Renault Megane, joined the M62 by driving the wrong way along the exit slip road. He continued to drive the wrong way along the eastbound carriageway for about half a mile. Shortly before 3am he ploughed into a Chevrolet Matiz, killing 20-year-old passenger Rebecca Caine instantly.
Following his arrest for causing death by dangerous driving Museka failed a breath test. A blood test later revealed he was more than twice the drink drive limit.
Museka, who has a previous conviction for drink driving and other motoring offences, was also found not to have a full valid UK driving licence and in fact only had a provisional licence. He also obtained insurance for the vehicle he was driving fraudulently.
– Senior Investigating Officer, Sergeant Lee Westhead, Serious Collision Investigation Unit
"I would like to thank the Caine family for the dignity and patience they have shown during this terrible time.
"Their daughter was taken from them in a senseless and totally avoidable act by a selfish individual with no respect for other road users.
"Wilfred Museka thought nothing of consuming so much alcohol that he was over twice the legal limit and then went on to drive the wrong way down a motorway.
"It is clear to the investigation team that Rebecca was a wonderful individual who was loved by her family and had so much to offer the world.
"I hope today's sentence goes some way to repairing the damage done by Wilfred Museka and offers some closure to the family. My thoughts are also with the three survivors from the vehicle Rebecca was travelling in. Their lives were put at risk and they are now coming to terms with the loss of their friend.
"Drivers should treat the people who share the roads with them with respect and any driver who fails to meet the required standards can expect to be investigated tirelessly and thoroughly."