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Driver guilty of killing her two friends while “twerking” in the backseat

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Adele Ojokie Aidonojie, 23, killed two passengers traveling in her convertible Mini Cooper (Image: Met Police/Central News)

A woman is jailed for killing two of her friends after causing a car accident shortly after the friends were “twerking” without a seatbelt.

Adele Ojokie Aidonojie, 23, had been out drinking with Rida Boujetif, 24, Mary Macharia, 23, and Ben Sidibe in London on the night of July 16, 2022, when they got into their convertible Mini Cooper together, the Old Bailey heard .

Defendant Aidonojie was driving at least 62mph in a 30mph zone before she crashed on Latchmere Road in Battersea, south-west London, at 3.42am.

The car crashed with the roof down, sending Ms Boujetif and Ms Macharia flying onto the road and suffering fatal head injuries.

Mr Sidibe, who is believed to have been wearing a seatbelt as he sat in the front, was taken to hospital with a broken arm.

He told police that Jamaican music was playing and took a video of the other two passengers “twerking” in the back.

The defendant told a witness at the scene: ‘Don’t call the police or the ambulance.’ I’ll be arrested.’

She told police the incident was a hit-and-run.

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The scene after the crash (Image: Met Police)
The defendant will be sentenced at a later date (Image: Central News)

Prosecutor Sally Mertens told the court: “The defendant claims that she was not above the legal limit for alcohol in her blood at the time of the collision because after the collision she panicked and drank from a bottle of alcohol that the passengers had in her had car had drunk.’

The defendant accepted that she had been driving carelessly but claimed that her hand had been pulled and slipped off the steering wheel.

She was found guilty of causing the deaths of Ms Boutjettif and Ms Macharia by dangerous driving.

She was also found guilty of causing serious injury to Mr Sidibe by dangerous driving.

Judge Richard Marks said it was “a very sad and tragic case” and adjourned sentencing until Friday.

The judge said a significant prison sentence was inevitable and remanded the defendant in custody.

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