Uninsured driver guilty of causing death of Manchester cyclist

Woman had never collected full licence despite passing test

by Mark Appleton   July 27, 2011  

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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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24 weeks? is that a wind-up? FFS!

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
27th July 2011 - 17:12

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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.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
27th July 2011 - 17:26

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your having a laugh right? 24weeks??
Out in half for "good behaviour".....
Wot a load of $*@t

posted by gareth2510 [136 posts]
27th July 2011 - 18:54

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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.

‘It is useless to meet revenge with revenge: it will heal nothing.’

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posted by stumps [2782 posts]
27th July 2011 - 20:22

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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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posted by OldRidgeback [2211 posts]
28th July 2011 - 8:35

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I hope that's a missprint, surely it should read "24 years"?

posted by kace19 [22 posts]
28th July 2011 - 10:09

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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.

posted by surreyxc [45 posts]
28th July 2011 - 11:14

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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. Sad

posted by crazy-legs [523 posts]
28th July 2011 - 12:07

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