THE harrowing moment paramedic Kate McDougall pronounced a 23-year-old drink-driver dead at the scene of a car crash is today revealed in a shocking film.
The medic, who works for South East Coast Ambulance Service, was called to the scene on the night the woman whose family wishes to remain anonymous – died.
She was killed instantly after the blue Vauxhall Corsa she was driving crashed into a van.
Tests later revealed the woman was four times over the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash.
She was less than a mile from home when the tragedy happened in November last year.
Speaking on the second of a series of four YouTube videos released by Hampshire police as part of the force’s Don’t Get Smashed campaign against drink-driving, Kate said: ‘Part of my job is unfortunately having to declare people deceased and it’s awful having to do it at car accidents, especially where alcohol is related because it’s such a waste of life.
‘It’s completely preventable and should never happen and people are making a choice decision to get into cars once they have been drinking and it causes devastating effects and should never happen.’
This Christmas the woman’s grieving father is supporting Hampshire police’s Don’t Get Smashed drink-drive campaign in a bid to deter people from getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.
The blue Vauxhall Corsa his daughter was driving on the night she died is being displayed across the county to provide a stark reminder of the dangers of drink-driving.
The car will be at Guildhall Walk in Portsmouth on December 12 and at Gunwharf Quays in the city on December 21.
To report a suspected drink-driver in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight or Thames Valley text 80999 with details of the car, direction of travel, licence plate and time.