Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gran's Death Crash Driver Avoids a Prison Sentence; Woman, 60, Died after Being Struck by 20-Year-Old's Speeding Vehicle

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Gran's Death Crash Driver Avoids a Prison Sentence; Woman, 60, Died after Being Struck by 20-Year-Old's Speeding Vehicle

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Byline: Mike Blackburn Senior Reporter mike.blackburn@trinitymirror.com

A YOUNG driver has avoided jail for causing the death of Middlesbrough gran Linda Warren while speeding.

Hamza Ahmed Bashir, 20, pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court yesterday to causing the death of the gran-of-seven by careless driving.

The 60-year-old pedestrian was fatally injured after being hit by a Hyundai driven by the student on Saltersgill Avenue, Saltersgill, Middlesbrough, on October 24 last year.

The defendant was driving at around 30mph in a 20mph zone, the court heard, and failed to brake when Mrs Warren stepped into the road until after the collision.

Prosecutor Richard Bennett said a number of people reported seeing the defendant "driving at excessive speed".

"He had been speeding for some distance before he stuck Mrs Warren," he said. "It is not clear whether he saw Mrs Warren until after he struck."

Mr Bennett said even if the defendant had been driving at 20mph he still might not have been able to stop, but the lower speed might have resulted in Mrs Warren surviving.

"A number of people ran to the aid of Mrs Warren, but it was quite clear she had suffered catastrophic injuries," he said.

He told the court that when Bashir tried to claim he was driving within the speed limit "a member of the public slapped the defendant's face and shouted at him to shut up".

Mrs Warren was taken to James Cook University Hospital but died soon afterwards. The court heart she was a "very popular figure" in the community who worked as a chef at a local care home, where she organised charity events.

She also "doted over her grandchildren".

A tearful Sarah Warren, Mrs Warren's daughter-in-law, told the court: "The hole that has been left through Linda's death has been terrible. I have never had to experience grief like we have gone through since Linda was run over. …

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