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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.

'I felt the car move off course' - Mistry continues giving evidence

Sharmila Mistry is giving evidence in her trial at Leicester Crown Court. She has been charged with two counts of careless driving after a car crash that killed two toddlers. She told the jury:

My airbags obscured my windscreen and I couldn't see. The whole car jolted, I jolted. I felt the car move off course, I wasn't going straight anymore.

I didn't know what had hit me. I just knew that I had been hit. I felt the juddering of the car as I mounted the kerb and I could see two poles and then the car came to a stop.

I was completely in shock. I had my hands held tight on the steering wheel but I couldn't control anything."

– Sharmila Mistry

Mistry went on to recall thinking her car was going to explode, getting out of the passenger side and sitting on the pavement.

"I could see the children," she said, "and I could realise that this was something more than being hit by a car."

The 41-year-old from Bushby in Leicestershire denies causing the deaths of two toddlers by careless driving.


Toddler death crash: defendant gives evidence

The defence's case has started at Leicester Crown Court.

Sharmila Mistry has been giving her account of the moments leading up to the crash:

She had just dropped her two sons off at summer camp and nursery, had done some supermarket shopping and was on her way to a meeting at work in Kettering.

The defendant told the jury she received a call on her hands free mobile phone from a colleague and was still mid-conversation when the crash happened.

Mistry recalled seeing the children involved in the crash on the pavement as she approached the junction.

She also remembered looking at the traffic lights and seeing that they were green about five to six car lengths ahead of her.

Mistry from Bushby in Leicestershire denies causing the deaths of two toddlers by careless driving following the crash in Leicester in August 2012.

Toddler's dad was 'cradling' child after death crash

The jury has heard a transcript of a police interview with Sharmila Mistry which took place hours after the crash on 6 August 2012. She is accused of causing the death of two toddlers through careless driving.

Mistry told police she was driving in the right hand lane on Narborough Road. "The next thing I knew the airbags had blown up and I couldn't see in front of me," she continued. "I held onto the steering wheel and slammed on the brakes".

"I felt the judder of the car onto the island and felt a couple of posts hitting the car. I got out on the passenger side and was obviously shocked. I looked and saw the family on the floor. I saw the dad cradling one of the kids".

– Sharmila Mistry

The 41-year-old from Bushby in Leicestershire denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.

Driver accused of two toddler deaths to give evidence

A driver accused of causing the deaths of two toddlers in a car crash in Leicester is expected to give evidence in her defence today. Sharmila Mistry's BMW collided with a Mini which had gone through a red light at the junction of Narborough Road and Braunstone Gate.

The impact diverted her car into two children in pushchairs - Oliwier Baczyk, aged one, and Zofia Tabaka, aged two. Both died of severe head injuries. The driver of the Mini has since died in circumstances unrelated to the crash.

The prosecution claims Mistry failed to take action which could have reduced the chance of the collision in August 2012.

Mistry from Bushby in Leicestershire denies two counts of causing death by careless driving.

Ambulance service release statement following man's death

Damage to property near the crash Credit: ITV Central

West Midlands Ambulance Service have released a statement following the death of a man who was involved in a car crash on Ansty Road, in Coventry.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said:

“The driver of one car, a man, was seriously injured. Ambulance crews administered advanced emergency treatment at the scene before conveying the man by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

"Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at hospital.

“The passenger from the same car, a woman, and the driver of the second car, a man, both sustained minor injuries. Both were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.”


Fatal crash causes damage to homes

A crash which led to the death of a 27-year-old man, on Ansty Road in Coventry, caused major damage to two properties this morning.

Two properties were seriously damaged in a fatal crash on Anstey Road this morning... Credit: ITV Central

Coventry Police have arrested the driver of the other vehicle - a 25-year-old man - on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Two properties were seriously damaged in a fatal crash on Anstey Road this morning... Credit: ITV Central

Location of Coventry crash

Two cars involved in crash in Coventry last night Credit: ITV News Central

Ansty Road in Coventry was closed for five hours last night after a crash in which a man was killed.

The 25-year-old local man died after a collision at the junction with Wyken Croft, close to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

Police say two houses were also damaged in crash at shortly after 10 o'clock last night.

Police seek witnesses after man dies in stolen car crash

This is a tragic incident where a young man has lost his life and a family has woken to the most horrific news this morning.

We are in the early stages of our inquiry and urge witnesses who were in the Balsall Heath area at around 2.30am and may have seen the Audi A6 prior to the collision to contact us.

Equally, the Audi is believed to have been stolen from the Hodge Hill area of the city some time last night and so we are keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of Brockhurst Road.

– Inspector Paul Bennett, West Midlands Police
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