Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Van Driver Stays Banned

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Van Driver Stays Banned

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A van driver who crashed head-on into a car and killed a toddler while overtaking on a blind hill crest failed to win back his driving licence today.

Stephen Robinson, a 48-year-old plumber, has been released from a two-and-a-half year prison sentence and has served more than half of a five-year driving ban after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving.

Victim Dylan Taylor, two, was in a child seat in the back of his mother's Peugeot 106 which was hit by Robinson's transit van on the A168 between Thirsk and Northallerton in November 2001. The child died six days later in hospital.

Robinson, of Dene Grove, Darlington, had denied the offence but was found guilty following a trial at Teesside Crown Court and was jailed in December 2002.

Judge John Walford, who passed the original sentence, rejected today's application for Robinson's licence to be reinstated.

A letter opposing the application by Dylan's mother, Kelly Bull, was handed over to the judge but not read out in open court. …

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