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Woman dies in car crash in Coventry

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

The crash on Brinklow Road in Binley occurred shortly before 8.15am. Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and been in collision with a tree.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Dead toddler's mother collapses in court

Paramedics have been called to Leicester Crown Court after the mother of one of the children who died in the crash collapsed in the courtroom toilets.

It is unclear at this stage which mother needed medical help.

Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and Zofia Tabaka, aged two, were both killed in the crash at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate in August 2012.

The jury found Sharmila Mistry not guilty of causing their deaths by careless driving - but guilty of careless driving - this afternoon.

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Sharmila Mistry banned from driving for 18 months

Sharmila Mistry has been found guilty on two counts of careless driving. She will pay a £3000 fine and be banned from driving for 18 months.

The jury at Leicester Crown Court found her not guilty of causing death by careless driving.

Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and Zofia Tabaka, aged two, were both killed in a crash at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate in August 2012.

Sharmila Mistry's BMW hit the children in their pushchairs after she was struck by a Mini which had passed through a red light.

Oliwier Baczyk's mother wept uncontrollably in the public after the not guilty verdict was returned.

Toddler crash trial: judge begins summing up

The judge in the trial of a woman accused of causing the deaths of two toddlers in a car crash in Leicester has begun summing up the case.

Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and Zofia Tabaka, aged two, were both killed in the accident at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate in August 2012.

Defendant Sharmila Mistry's BMW hit the children in their pushchairs after being struck by a Mini which had passed through a red light.

His Honour Justice Mooncey has directed the jury that, if they cannot be sure Mistry was driving carelessly, they must acquit her.

If they are sure it was careless driving, they must decide whether it caused the deaths. If they are not sure it played a part, they can find her guilty of careless driving.

Mistry from Bushby in Leicestershire denies the charges against her.

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Defence gives closing speech in Mistry trial

The defence in the Sharmila Mistry trial has given its closing speech to the jury at Leicester Crown Court.

Defence counsel, Nicholas Syfret QC, said, "Behind this case is a personal tragedy for so many."

The prosecution claims Mistry was not driving with due care and attention. But Mr Syfret told the jury it was not reasonable for her to have foreseen what happened. "How could anyone sensibly anticipate," he said," that the manner of that driving is going to lead to a collision with pedestrians?"

Mr Syfret also urged the jury members to ignore "ifs" and "buts" and hypothetial scenarios presented to them during the trial, and only concern themselves with the facts. "It only required Mrs Mistry to have an extra cup of coffee," he said, "and everything is different."

The jury was also urged to consider the role of the driver of the Mini, Christopher Andrews, who died last June in circumstances unrelated to the crash. He had gone through a red light and was in the intersection of the junction illegally.

The defence says their is a gap in the evidence because of his death and that he would almost certainly have been on trial.

"This lady", said Mr Syfret, pointing to Mistry, "sits in the dock alone because of Mr Andrews' untimely death. She has suffered enough."

As the day's proceedings came to a close, Mistry wept in the dock. She denies the charges and the trial continues on Monday.

Mistry trial: 'a human tragedy on many levels'

The jury has heard the closing speech from the prosecution. Prosecution counsel James Thomas told them, "This is a case of human tragedy on many levels."

He told the jury:

"Speed makes a difference no matter how little. This is a case of human tragedy on many levels.

...Sharmila Mistry is responsible for the manner of her driving and responsible for the consequences that flowed from it."

– Prosecutor James Thomas

He said the prosecution doesn't have to prove Mistry's driving was the sole cause of the children's deaths - but a cause.

It is their case that the cause was a combination of the driving of the driver of the Mini and Mistry, which fell below the standards expected of a careful and competent driver.

Mr Thomas said the collision wouldn't have occurred without Mistry driving as she did. It is agreed that the defendant was driving her BMW at 36 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Sharmila Mistry denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.

The defence will give their closing speech shortly.

Toddler crash trial: closing speeches today

It's day four of the Sharmila Mistry trial at Leicester Crown Court, and the jury will be hearing closing speeches from the prosecution and defence.

Mistry, from Bushby in Leicestershire denies causing the deaths of toddlers Oliwier Baczyk, one, and Zofia Tabaka, two, by careless driving.

The children died after Mistry's BMW was involved in a crash with a Mini before hitting their pushchairs.

Sharmila Mistry denies two charges of causing death by careless driving and the trial continues.

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