Drink-driver made 'five and drive' claim in bar before 3am crash which killed female passenger

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A drink-driver told friends he planned to have "five and drive" while jangling his car keys on a night out just hours before he killed a 20-year-old female passenger.

Daniel Crawshaw, 28, is believed to have consumed 10 alcoholic drinks before getting behind the wheel and crashing his car, killing passenger Keegan Egdell.

Another passenger in the BMW coupe, Thomas Boothroyd, 28, sustained injuries in the crash in March 2020 from which he is still suffering.

Crawshaw was jailed on Monday for eight and a half years.

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Daniel Crawshaw, bottom right, holds up his fingers as he boasts 'five and drive' before he got behind the wheel and killed a female passenger. (West Yorkshire Police)
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Daniel Crawshaw, bottom right, waves his keys as he boasts about drink-driving. (West Yorkshire Police)
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The BMW that Daniel Crawshaw was driving when he killed passenger Keegan Egdell. (West Yorkshire Police)

CCTV footage from the night out in Holmfirth and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire show Crawshaw boasting to witnesses about the drinks he was consuming by counting the fingers on his hand, before reaching into his pocket to pull out his car keys and wave them around.

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A short time later, at 3.15am on 7 March 2020, the car he was driving left the road and collided with a stone wall on the B6108 Huddersfield Road at South Crosland, near Meltham.

Ms Egdell suffered fatal injuries in the crash and Mr Boothroyd was seriously injured.

A witness said Crawshaw got out of the vehicle and approached them but made no mention of the passengers in his car.

West Yorkshire Police said that when officers arrived at the scene, Crawshaw was talking to a family member on his phone and was "clearly heavily intoxicated".

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Drink-driver Daniel Crawshaw, left, caused the death of passenger Keegan Egdell. (West Yorkshire Police)

Crawshaw, from Bourne Walk, Staincross, Barnsley, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Monday to eight and a half years in prison.

He will be disqualified from driving for two years on his release.

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Daniel Crawshaw on the phone in the aftermath of the crash. (West Yorkshire Police)
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Daniel Crawshaw crashed his BMW near Meltham, West Yorkshire, killing passenger Keegan Egdell. (West Yorkshire Police)

Detective Constable Clare Barran, from the Major Collision Enquiry Team at West Yorkshire Police, said: “This tragic incident was completely avoidable.

"Crawshaw chose to drink and drive on that night, well aware that he would have been over the limit.

"His arrogance and initial failure to accept his wrongdoing has extended the suffering and pain that Keegan’s family have had to endure.”

Sergeant Mick Kilburn, from the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “No sentence can ever reflect the tragic loss of life in this case.

"It serves as a timely reminder, certainly with the festive season upon us, that alcohol and driving simply do not mix. Do not drink and drive.”