Teenage driver jailed over death of carer

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A TEENAGER who knocked down and killed a mum-of-two after he mounted a pavement in his speeding car has been jailed.

Apprentice mechanic Stephen Cutmore was sent to a young offenders institution over the death of 45-year-old carer Julie Shaw.

Leeds Crown Court heard Cutmore was travelling close to double the speed limit when he struck Mrs Shaw as he had to swerve to avoid a car in the road.

Mrs Shaw was about to begin her shift looking after an elderly woman at her home on Santingley Lane, Crofton, Wakefield, when the incident happened in September 2013. The court heard Mrs Shaw, from Normanton, had been talking to the elderly woman’s niece, Nicola Cartwright, shortly before the collision.

Mrs Cartwright was about to drive away when she saw Cutmore’s Fora Fiesta ‘fly towards her’. Cutmore swerved to avoid the vehicle but mounted the kerb and struck Mrs Shaw. Her body was thrown into the air and she was pronounced dead at the scene when emergency services arrived. Cutmore, of Hammerton Road, Ryhill, is thought to have been travelling between 45 and 60 mph in the 30mph zone at the time of the incident. Witnesses described how Cutmore, who was in the vehicle with two friends, had been driving too fast shortly before the incident. Cutmore pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

The Wakefield Council worker had been won an ‘apprentice of the year’ before the incident. Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You must realise that when you act in a particular way there is a consequence. You must pay the price for what you have done and that will do you no harm to realise that is what happens in life.”