'Selfish' drunk driver killed mum, 33, after hitting her as he showed off new sports car less than a mile from her home

A DRUNK driver killed a mum when he crashed into her as he showed off his new sports car. 

Simon Allport, 44, hit primary school teacher Ami Linton, 33, as she drove the opposite way and sent her car through a hedge into a field after overshooting a bend. 

He drove his friend in his BMW “at speed and aggressively” and already mounted a verge before the fatal crash in July 2020 in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. 

One driver said they heard a “loud noise” before the BMW passed them and another said the car was flying. 

A third screamed when the car came hurling towards her from the other direction and crossed the white line into her lane. 

Building site manager Allport had drunk two pints of lager at a pub in Middlesbrough before the collision and was one-and-a-half times over the legal limit. 


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Ms Linton was driving in the opposite direction when she was forced off the road at an angle, rotating 180 degrees.

She was pronounced dead in hospital.

Allport told a nurse "shouldn't say in front of the police", but he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. He was jailed for five years and seven months a Teesside crown court yesterday.

Ms Linton’s dad Richard said the family and her partner Andrew were “devastated forever”.

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He added: “It was the worst day of our lives. Amie's friends had to retrieve her belongings from the field.

"This has left my granddaughter with no mother and Andrew, her partner, having to bring her up alone whilst trying to manage his own business."

Andrew added: "I have lost my support, my sounding board, my love and my life partner.

"My greatest fear now is that my daughter's life will be blighted by Amie's death, as ours have been."

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Eleanor Fry, defending, said experts found both cars were driving fast and there was a lack of evidence to clarify which was fastest.

She added Allport is genuinely remorseful.

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