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Milkman Escapes Jail After Running Over Girl
A young dairyman who killed a 22-month-old girl when he reversed over her in a milk float has been spared custody.
Christopher Davidson was reversing at around 14mph in West View, Halifax when he collided with Zoya Hussain who had run into the road from between two parked cars.
The toddler, who was run over by the front and back wheels of the vehicle, died the following day from severe abdominal and head injuries.
Davidson, who was 18 at the time of the collision, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Bradford Crown Court.
He was handed a 10-month sentence in a young offenders' institution suspended for two years, ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said: "This is a tragedy of untold proportions. Nothing this court can do can bring this child back.
"My sympathies and sensitivities are with the family of the child who was killed by a remarkably foolish but short-lived piece of driving by an otherwise decent young man."
Davidson, now 20, of Valley Grove, Halifax, was collecting money on a milk round at around 5.30pm on August 25, 2011.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told the court Davidson was aware that children were playing in the street and did not ask his colleague to watch for hazards as he reversed.
Davidson reversed around 60 metres (65 yards) down the road when he saw a blur in his wing mirror as Zoya ran into his path and heard a bang as the milk float hit her, Mr Adlington said.
He braked but the front and back wheels reversed over the little girl before the vehicle could stop.
It was calculated that Zoya would have been visible to Davidson for around 0.8 seconds before the impact.
Experts found that if Davidson was travelling more slowly, the milk float could have stopped before the wheels ran over the toddler, or the collision could have been avoided altogether.
Mr Adlington said Davidson's speed was "unsafe for the conditions".
Judge Durham Hall said Zoya's family, who were not in court, had experienced the "ultimate nightmare of any parent".
He added: "(They) will have a lifetime of unthinkable despair, for you cannot recover from the death of a child."
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what do you think?
Where were the parents? How did this child manage to run straight into the road? I work in retail and all i see are children running around dangerously unsupervised as the parents continue shopping...poor child
It only takes one split second
I think this sentence is sensible.a very tragic accident this man will relive time and time again.
Disgusting. Death by dangerous driving and gets nothing. It was an accident that she ran in the road and im sure her parents blame themselves but he was reversing at speed and thats why a 22mth old baby girl doesnt get to grow up
The bloke did reverse a long way without paying enough attention and could have done it slower, but at 14 mph he wasnt exactly driving at speed.
You need to read the article , Why was a 22 month old "baby" in the road , how would you feel if you had run the little girl over !
Poor young man and a very sad accident some blame must be laid at the feet of the parents and not just the driver , Any one of us could end up in his position !
Yes shaun and he is out there on the road where he can do it again and get away with it!