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Man jailed for causing death of Doncaster grandmother

A 19-year-old man has been found guilty for causing death by dangerous driving after a collision in which a grandmother was killed.

Jerry Smith Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Jerry James Smith, of HMP Doncaster was found guilty after a four day trial at Sheffield Crown Court. He has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars.

Susan Gravel, 62, died after being hit by a BMW being driven by Smith in Staniforth, Doncaster in March 2017.

Earlier, the car had driven off and collided with another vehicle after officers has spotted it believing it may be displaying false registration plates.

Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The court heard how Smith, driver of the BMW failed to stop after colliding at a high speed with Susan who was crossing the road. Susan was taken to hospital but died later that day.

Sergeant Richard Hunter said Smith showed no thought for the people around him and the devastating effects his careless actions could cause.

“Smith not only caused the death of an innocent woman, he also put the lives of other pedestrians and road users in danger.

“It is deplorable that someone would leave the scene of an accident, let alone one where someone was seriously injured, and since that tragic day, Smith has continued to show no remorse for his actions.

“My officers have worked extremely hard on this investigation and I am pleased that a substantial sentence has been given. I would like to commend PC Paula Townsend and Family Liaison Officer PC Lynda Washington for their dedication and professionalism throughout.

“Susan’s family have been extremely brave through this difficult time and I hope they can find comfort in today’s result.”

– Sergeant Richard Hunter