North East Wales

Gytis Masiulis jailed after woman's death in Garden City crash

Neringa Kairyte
Image caption Neringa Kairyte had been planning her wedding but died at the crash scene

A drink driver who crashed while chasing another car, killing one of his passengers, has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Gytis Masiulis, 35, a Lithuanian national living in Connah's Quay, admitted causing death by dangerous driving in Garden City, Flintshire.

Front seat passenger Neringa Kairyte, 27, who had been planning her wedding, died at the scene.

Masiulis claimed he was chasing the car because he had been racially abused.

Mold Crown Court heard that Masiulis ignored pleas from his terrified passengers to slow down.

The court was told that he drove "like an idiot" and lost control after crossing "The Blue Bridge" at Garden City on the night on 8 June, after spending the afternoon drinking.

Ms Kairyte was thrown from the car when it hit a pillar and some fencing - ending up on its side in a garden, the court heard.

The car's other passengers were injured, including Ms Kairyte's partner who had a leg injury. Another was knocked unconscious and a fourth passenger had facial injuries, the court was told.

Masiulis, who was driving an Opel Vectra, was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital with minor injuries.

When interviewed he denied chasing the other car and blamed a rock or a pothole for the crash, the court heard.

'Terrified'

Masiulis was also banned from driving for six years and ordered to take a re-test.

Judge Niclas Parry told him that Ms Kairyte was planning her future which was full of hope and excitement and lost her life "because you quite deliberately decided to embark upon aggressive driving at high speed".

"Having been goaded by nothing more than verbal abuse, you decided that you would give chase," added Judge Parry.

"You ignored sensible advice of those in the car with you that you should simply leave it. You went after them, increasing your speed alarmingly, at times travelling possibly three times the 30mph speed limit.

"The occupants of the car were terrified. They were begging you to stop.

"One man is described as having his head in his hands and your driving was described as idiotic, crazy and horrible."

Simon Rogers, defending, said it was accepted that it was a serious case of its type, aggravated by alcohol and ignoring warnings from passengers.

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