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 MAN jailed after admitting causing the death of young mother


A man has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a young mother as she crossed the road with her son.

Shantelle Kirkup was crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing on St Cuthbert’s Way, in Darlington, in May last year when she was hit by a Ford Focus.

The 29-year-old, from Northallerton, was taken to James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough, by air ambulance but sadly died from her injuries a few hours later.

Her young son also sustained significant injuries in the collision and was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Today, Levy pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Teesside Crown Court.

The 37-year-old, of Rocket Street in Darlington, was sentenced to 64 months in prison and banned from driving for eight years.

Detective Constable Natalie Horner from the Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a truly devastating incident, which is one of the worst I have ever had to deal with as a police officer.

“As a result of Levy’s actions, a family has been cruelly torn apart and two young children have been left without their mum.

“This has been a long and complex investigation, and we have worked tirelessly to ensure Levy paid the price for his actions.

“I can only hope that Levy’s guilty pleas and subsequent sentence can provide some solace to Shantelle’s family, who have supported the police investigation throughout during an unimaginably difficult time.”