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Teenage Driver Who Killed Pensioner And Seriously Injured Another Walks Free From Court

A teenage driver, 19, who lost control of her Mini just months after passing her driving test and killed a 70-year-old pedestrian, while seriously injuring another has been spared prison.

Chloe Bell, 21, was spared jail by Judge Martin Walsh
Chloe Bell, 21, was spared jail by Judge Martin Walsh

In July 2020, 21-year-old Chloe Bell, who was 19 at the time, lost control of her Mini while driving around a bend at approximately 46mph on a 40mph road, crashing into two women.

70-year-old Elizabeth Anne Lythgoe was killed after the car smashed into her and her friend, Denise Ford, who was also seriously injured in the accident.

Bell pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to a 39-week suspended sentence, 140 hours of unpaid work, and a two-year driving ban.

During the hearing at Bolton Crown Court, Judge Martin Walsh said the greatest punishment for Bell was having to live with the guilt of causing the death of someone.

Mrs Lythgoe - known as Anne - was out for a long walk with Mrs Ford when the car struck them along Slag Lane in Wigan, throwing Anne around 30 metres.

Paramedics raced to the scene and treated the two women, but despite their best efforts, Mrs Lythgoe died around two hours later in hospital.

Mrs Ford, who is also in her 70s, suffered multiple fractures and has lost the independence she had before the incident.

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