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Woman had never collected full licence despite passing test

A 43-year old driver who struck and killed a cyclist in Greater Manchester last year was driving on a provisional licence and had no insurance, a court in Salford has heard.

The Manchester Evening News reports that last November, Sandra Humphreys drove into medical researcher John Allen from behind as he made a lane change on Liverpool Road, Eccles, while riding to collect books from a local library.

The 32-year old cyclist, who was part of a team at Manchester University conducting research into leukaemia and Alzheimer’s disease, suffered severe head injuries in the incident and died at the scene.

The court was told that even though Humphreys had passed her driving test she had not claimed a full licence before moving to Ireland. Upon returning to the UK she applied for the full licence but, as a provisional licence holder, was uninsured for the vehicle she was driving.

She pleaded guilty to the charges of causing death while driving without a licence and causing death while driving without insurance.

John’s grieving mother, Mary Allen, said: "I know nothing will bring my baby back and I don’t want the anger in my head and in my heart.

"I know she did not set out that day to take someone’s life, but she had no right to be on the road that day and, if she hadn’t been, my son would still be here.

"John was such a caring person who just wanted to help people in this world."

The case has been referred for sentencing to Minshull Street Crown Court where Humphreys could be sentenced to up to 24 weeks in jail.
 

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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24 weeks? is that a wind-up? FFS!

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londonplayer [620 posts] 4 years ago
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This "creature" should be automatically banned from driving for life. As usual in these cases, the only consolation is that this moron will find it difficult or near impossible to get insurance in the future which will hopefully keep her off the roads forever.

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gareth2510 [167 posts] 4 years ago
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your having a laugh right? 24weeks??
Out in half for "good behaviour".....
Wot a load of $*@t

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stumps [3184 posts] 4 years ago
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londonplayer wrote:

This "creature" should be automatically banned from driving for life. As usual in these cases, the only consolation is that this moron will find it difficult or near impossible to get insurance in the future which will hopefully keep her off the roads forever.

I think you will find that she will continue to drive without insurance as in this case regardless of any ban. Some people dont give a toss about anyone but themselves.

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OldRidgeback [2554 posts] 4 years ago
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The statistics on drivers without insurance being involved in accidents are rather alarming. A significant percentage of these offenders are also driving defective vehicles and involved in crime. The DfT has some worrying data on this. Why it has taken the police so long to crack down on uninsured drivers is hard to understand. Clearly it is too late for the victim of this driver's carelessness. Lets hope the woman learns from the unnecessary fatality and impact on the victim's family that she caused.

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kace19 [23 posts] 4 years ago
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I hope that's a missprint, surely it should read "24 years"?

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surreyxc [49 posts] 4 years ago
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i really can not understand why if someone causes serious harm or death on the roads they are not given a life ban. Personally if I killed someone on the road whilst driving I would never want to drive again and would gladly hand in my licence, the fact they do not is very telling as to the level or remorse they feel.

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crazy-legs [704 posts] 4 years ago
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It's been said before but if you want to kill someone, just arrange a car accident. Even if you do go to jail you'll be out in a few weeks.  2