Nurse, 28, killed man in crash after taking ‘large amount’ of prescription painkillers, court hears 3 min read

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Nurse, 28, killed man in head-on crash after she took ‘a large amount’ of prescription painkiller drugs and had a seizure following row with her boyfriend, court hears

  • Cerys Price, 28, allegedly took ‘a large amount’ of painkillers after a lovers’ spat
  • She was driving an Isuzu when she veered off the road into Robert Dean, 65
  • Tramadol tub was found in Price’s car by the police near Newport, south Wales
  • Price denies causing death by dangerous driving on July 15, 2016

Cerys Price, 28, of Nantyglo, Gwent, leaving Cardiff Crown Court today

Cerys Price, 28, of Nantyglo, Gwent, leaving Cardiff Crown Court today

A 28-year-old nurse killed a man in a head-on crash after taking ‘a large amount’ of prescription painkillers following a row with her boyfriend, a court heard.

Cerys Price allegedly veered onto the wrong side of the A467 in south Wales after suffering a seizure on July 15, 2016.

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Robert Dean, 65, was behind the wheel of his hatchback when Price’s Isuzu smashed into him on the busy dual carriageway, Cardiff Crown Court heard. He died at the scene.

Prosecutor Tim Evans said Price had set off for a camping trip with her boyfriend Jack Tinklin.

‘They had argued. He was grumpy. She had turned around to go back home.’ The prosecutor said.

‘They were on the dual carriageway. She went stiff and appeared to have lost control or full consciousness.

‘Mr Dean had no time in a split second to do anything about the collision. There was nothing he could do to avoid the collision.’

Blood samples taken after the collision revealed qualified nurse Price had taken ‘a large amount’ of prescription painkillers.

Mr Evans added: ‘Price should have known how dangerous it was for her to drive in that state.

‘She lost control in that state. A completely innocent man, simply minding his own business driving along the opposite side of the road, lost his life..’

Mr Evans said: ‘Having taken that amount of that drug, completely unprescribed by any doctor, she was in no way fit to drive a car.

‘Her loss of control must have been due to her voluntarily and dangerously choosing to drive in that seriously ‘drugged-up’ state.

‘She had a strong pain killer called Tramadol in her blood at a concentration.

‘The concentration is well in excess of any therapeutic dosage.’

Cardiff Crown Court heard Price was interviewed by police after the road crash at Cwmcarn, Gwent, in July 2016.

During an interview, Price only referred to taking an anti-depressant called Citalopram.

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But when police found a tub of Tramadol in her crashed car, she told officers she had bought it in Mexico.

Mr Evans said: ‘The tub has a label saying that it contains 100 capsulas of Tramadol, and that each capsule was 100mg. There were 26 left. 

Officers discovered a tub of Tramadol in her car, she said she had got them from Mexico (file photo of Cardiff Crown Court)

Officers discovered a tub of Tramadol in her car, she said she had got them from Mexico (file photo of Cardiff Crown Court)

‘She originally hid the fact that she had been taking unprescribed Tramadol at all.

‘It was only when the police pointed out that they had found a tub in the car that she said anything about it.’

Price, from Nantyglo, Gwent, denies causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

A trial at Cardiff Crown Court is expected to last six days. The trial continues.

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