drink driver jailed for over 7 years after killing Laura Biss
35-year-old Highbridge man has been jailed for seven-and-a-half
years after being convicted of dangerous driving.
Harris of Walrow in Highbridge admitted fatally injuring his partner
on 20th January on the Burnham Road.
was driving a vehicle which collided with pedestrian 34-year-old
Laura Biss at about 2am. He left the scene and she died from her
was found to be three times over the legal drink drive limit when
he was arrested following the incident.
Biss and Harris had been out together at Vinnies Bar in Burnham-on-Sea
on Friday 19th January. Harris, the court heard, had started drinking
at 5pm and was joined at 9pm by Laura.
about 1.30am the following morning she left the bar to start walking
the 2.5 miles home. Harris left 10 minutes later he had been
escorted out of the bar because of his drunken behaviour. He got
into his van and drove off, apparently looking for Laura.
2am there were reports of a vehicle being driven erratically around
pictured, was last seen on CCTV at an Esso garage in Burnham
Road, shortly before she was hit by a vehicle - Harris van.
was found lying in the road but the vehicle had left the
Vauxhall Combo van was later recovered in Highbridge, which had
extensive damage. Forensic examination linked the car to Lauras
gave a blood sample 10 hours after the fatal collision, providing
a reading of 268mg per 100ml of blood more than three times
the legal limit.
admitted dangerous driving and has been jailed for seven-and-a-half
the sentencing, Detective Inspector Lorna Dallimore told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This was a tragic loss of life - the death of a 34-year-old
woman who was the victim of a drink driver, who also happened to
be her partner."
Biss died after suffering multiple injuries, following a fail to
stop incident with a vehicle driven by Christopher Harris."
had a vibrant personality, was sensitive, caring and compassionate
and would go out of her way to help others. She had a great sense
of humour and was also a talented artist with a great future ahead
this case clearly demonstrates is that drinking and driving can
and does destroy lives."
hope the decision taken today at court will bring an end to a traumatic
and difficult time for Lauras family and provide them with
closure of this unhappy episode."