Mother of two children killed after sitting on top of another car during fight over parking spaceBy Mason White 12:47 PM June 16, 2014
|Christie McHugh (left) Okai-Koi (right)|
By: Hydar Tomar
A mother of two children is dead after she got into a fight with another woman over a parking space.
Now, the nurse, who caused the death, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving.
33-year-old Christie McHugh of England, was at the Lord Kitchener pub in New Barnet, north London, with her husband John, her 5-year-old son and five-month-old daughter.
When the family was ready to leave, they realized that 51-year-old Ophelia Okai-Koi, who worked as a mental health nurse, parked close to their car, blocking them access to the back seat.
McHugh, who had been drinking along with her husband, allegedly became verbally abusive to Okai-Koi, before climbing onto the hood of Okai-Koi’s car.
McHugh began bouncing the car, claiming that Okai-Koi had no right to be at that parking lot since she did not patronise the pub, but was shopping at the nearby Sainsbury’s store.
Okai-Koi called police. She then suddenly began driving with the mother still on the hood of the car. She drove erratically, causing McHugh to fall off the car, smashing her skull on the road. She died at the scene.
Judge Freya Newbery said that the issue in this case is whether a car should ever be driven blindly out of a parking lot at high speeds on to a busy road with an unsecured, 120 pound drunken person flailing on the hood of the car.
Attorney Daniel O’Malley said that Okai-Koi “feared for her life” when the drunk couple confronted her. He also said that maybe his client shouldn’t have used that parking lot, but it had nothing to do with the couple. It was a matter between the pub and her, not the customers.
Okai-Koi was released on bail while she is awaiting sentencing.