Little Mix support singer Nadine Samuels jailed for killing mum-of-three in horror car smash

A singer who toured with Little Mix has been jailed for eight months for killing a mother-of-three in a horror car crash.

Nadine Samuels, who supported Little Mix on their 2014 Salute tour with her girl band MO, had failed to look while she was at a roundabout and crashed into Debbie Mills as she was cycling in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

The 54-year-old suffered traumatic brain injuries when she was flung onto the windscreen and the road.

She died shortly afterwards in hospital.

Samuels was sentenced to eight months in prison at St Albans Crown Court after she pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Little Mix support singer Nadine Samuels jailed for killing mum-of-three in horror car smash

Nadine, right, with her girl band MO
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The singer, 27, who is good friends with Little Mix member Leigh-Anne Pinnock, wept as she was handed her sentence.

Josh, the son of cake shop owner Debbie, later paid tribute to her.

He described his mum as a valued member of the community, and said she had taken up cycling as a hobby.

He said: "We will miss her dearly," reports The Sun .

Debbie’s husband Kevin added: "We had been married for almost 25 years. We had planned our first holiday together without the children.

"We planned to do so much together. We have suffered so much since Debbie died. Her life has been taken from us."

Samuels had been driving on the A414 on March 21 when she collided with Debbie at a speed of up to 26mph.

Little Mix support singer Nadine Samuels jailed for killing mum-of-three in horror car smash

Debbie Mills
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The mum was wearing a protective helmet, but sadly couldn’t be saved after she was airlifted to hospital.

Samuels stopped to call 999, but she was so distressed that a member of the public had to step in and finish the call.

When questioned by police, she said she had looked to her right but saw nothing coming while she approached the roundabout in the outside lane.

Martin Mulgrew, prosecuting, said: "The defendant failed entirely to check road ahead was clear. Other road users had stopped."

The court also heard that Samuels had written to Debbie’s family following the crash.

Her lawyer, Simon Gledhill, said she was unfamiliar with the route and had been relying on her sat nav when she crashed in Debbie.

Little Mix support singer Nadine Samuels jailed for killing mum-of-three in horror car smash

Nadine, right, wept as she was jailed for eight months
(Image: GC Images)

Judge Michael Kay QC handed down the prison sentence and also banned Samuels from the roads for two years and four months.

He told her: "You did not see Mrs Mills. You did not stop and you collided with her bicycle and she was knocked off. Very tragically she died from her injuries.

"You stopped and you were distraught and you were heard to repeatedly say: ‘I didn’t see her. I didn’t see her.’

"There is nothing I can say or do which can restore a life to a bereaved family. My heart goes out to them."

Samuels has been a member of MO since 2012.

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