Husband left mum of 5 to die after crashing car and fleeing scene

Joseph Berry, who was already banned from driving, went on the run for 141 days after his dangerous driving caused a crash that killed his wife.

A mum-of-five was left to die alone by her cowardly husband after a horror crash – as he fled the scene and went on the run for months. 

Banned driver Joseph Berry, who was uninsured, evaded police for 141 days after the incident, in which he slammed his Mercedes into an oncoming Range Rover. 

As concerned locals came to help  after the crash, they noticed 37-year-old Teresa Maguire lying hunched over the footwell of the passenger seat.

The mum-of-five was groaning in pain but partner Berry was nowhere to be seen, as Manchester Evening News reports. 

Teresa was taken to the nearby Countess of Chester Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries the following day.

Berry, 39, eventually handed himself in at the Blacon police station in Chester on April 15, 2019.

He had taken the Mercedes from where it was parked at The Stables caravan site in Elton, Cheshire, where Berry lived with Teresa and their children.

He told police he was using the car to take his wife to the shops.

Berry pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving while disqualified and causing death by driving while uninsured.

He was jailed for three years and six months today at Chester Crown Court and was disqualified from driving for 11 years and 5 months. 

He must do an extended driving test before he is considered qualified to drive again. The driver of the other car in the incident was also injured and has suffered some hearing loss since.

Neil Colville, of Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This was an appallingly selfish and reckless act on the part of Joseph Berry.

“He shouldn’t have been driving at all as he was disqualified and didn’t have insurance.

“But he took his partner and the mother of his children out and drove so dangerously that he crashed head-on with another vehicle and caused his partner’s death.

“Then, as if things couldn’t get any worse, he ran away. He left Teresa alone to die. All he could think of was saving his own skin. He continued to try and escape from what he’d done and was on the run for more than three months.

“He eventually pleaded guilty but that is of little consequence in the face of such utterly appalling behaviour.

“He is now in prison and his children are without both their mother and their father. A truly dreadful episode.

“The Crown Prosecution Service would like to thank the other driver in this case and the witnesses for their help, both at the time and since, in building this prosecution.”