A drink-driver who killed an aspiring model when driving the wrong way along a motorway has been jailed for eight years.
Rebecca Caine, 20, from Leeds, died from multiple injuries in the head-on collision between junctions 21 and 22 of the M62 in Littleborough, Greater Manchester.
Zimbabwean national Wilfred Museka, 31, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Museka was so drunk he could not recall how or why he had later travelled to the border of West Yorkshire where the crash took place, the court heard.
Museka, who gained political asylum after arriving in the UK in 2000, had been to a family party in Manchester.
His vehicle careered into the path of a car containing Ms Caine, who was a rear back seat passenger.
She had just returned from holiday and had visited Manchester to see a friend perform at a nightclub in the city and was on the journey home in the early hours of 16 September.
Museka was arrested and found to be more than twice over the drink-drive limit.
Rebecca's family "she was a beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her."
He had never held a full driving licence and had 11 previous convictions for driving matters including driving with excess alcohol.
Ms Caine's family said in a staement: "As you can imagine our lives are shattered and our hearts are broken into pieces.
"She was a beautiful girl with her whole life ahead of her. She was embarking on a modelling career and would be finishing her final year of her business degree at Leeds University.
"Rebecca was a bright light that attracted everything to her with her infectious laugh and her beaming smile.
"She saw the best in everyone and was loved by hundreds of friends. The worst part is the emptiness and the total waste of a beautiful life. She was only 20 when she died.
"She was our little girl now she is our little angel. Something somewhere has failed us.
"We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the police and other services for helping us through this difficult time."
Judge Adrian Smith said: "This can properly be described as a flagrant disregard of the basic rules of motoring caused by a self-inflicted inability to exercise any judgment by the consumption of large amounts of alcohol."
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