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Mum filmed herself on Snapchat at 88mph moments before smashing into a barrier

A mum-of-three filmed herself on Snapchat while going 88mph on the M60 before crashing into the barrier.

Crystal Ward, 27, was already banned from the roads when she lost control of her VW Golf as she made a series of eight-second videos – where a passenger can be heard in one of them pleading “Babe!”.

The car was travelling so fast near Sale, Greater Manchester that when it ploughed into the crash barrier, the engine ripped out of the vehicle and hit a passing Peugeot.

Ward, who was under the influence of cannabis and not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car, and the passenger, who is believed to be her partner, was left trapped.

Crystal Ward, pictured outside court, filmed herself driving 88mph in her VW Golf on the M60 before crashing into a barrier

No one was killed in the crash. Ward suffered spinal injuries from the impact.

Tests showed that the mum was four times the drug-driving limit for cannabis.

Police found the video when examining her phone. In the clip, loud music can be heard in the background as the speedometer can be seen just before the car goes onto the main carriageway.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Ward, from Bradford, admitted to drug driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.

She wept as she was spared jail after saying her children would be ”impacted” if she went to prison.

The youngsters are currently in the care of their paternal grandparents.

Ward was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash on the M60
Ward was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash on the M60

Prosecutor Peter Connick said Ward was driving on the entry slipway from junctions 6 and 7 on June 2020 when the crash occurred.

He told the court: ”She showed a deliberate disregard for the safety of others. She has driven at excess speed, was on a mobile phone, and it was a high-speed collision involving herself and others.

“It’s fortunate there was nothing more than a punctured tyre in regard to the other motorist, and there was a serious risk of injury both to herself and her passenger.”

Paramedics gave police the defendant’s phone where the original video was found on Snapchat, and more eight-second videos of Ward’s driving were later uncovered.

Ward was said to have multiple previous motoring convictions including drink driving in 2018, driving whilst disqualified later that same year, and drink and driving in 2019.

The crash happened with such force that the engine was hurled from the vehicle and hit a passing car
The crash happened with such force that the engine was hurled from the vehicle and hit a passing car

Sarah Johnston, Ward’s defence counsel, said in mitigation, her client had spent 12 weeks in hospital and was being assessed for PTSD.

She said: “Her words: ‘I will never get behind the wheel of a car again – I could have killed people’.”

Ms Johnston added: “There have been ongoing concerns about her vulnerability throughout her life, but she still sees her children regularly and is allowed to visit them. The prospect of custody and the impact of that on them weighs heavily upon her.

“She sees her children four times a month, and there is an opportunity to extend the visits.”

She continued: “The consequences of that decision making in the past have never been as grave as they are on this occasion. If this defendant hasn’t learnt her lesson from this set of circumstances, then frankly, no one ever would.”

Mum filmed herself on Snapchat at 88mph moments before smashing into a barrier
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Recorder Jon Close told Ward during sentencing: “You are not going to prison today but it was a very, very close thing.”

He added: “You were recorded driving at over 80mph. The impact must have been ferocious and it was through good luck that nobody else was seriously injured. Fortunately, the driver of the passing Peugeot wasn’t injured. If he had been, you would have been facing far more serious charges.

“The only passenger who was injured was yourself, and it was a significant and substantial injury that you inflicted upon yourself. You said you want help, and I hope you get it. If not, a jail sentence is waiting for you.”

Ward was given a 12-month prison sentence which was suspended for two years, as well as 15 days of rehabilitation activity requirements and a three-month electronically monitored curfew between 9pm and 7am.



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