The trial of a motorist accused of causing the death of an 11-year-old boy in a car crash has started today.
Henry Brandon Barker, 20, of Hampton Road, Failsworth , is charged with causing death by dangerous driving.
On February 29, 2016, on Moss Street West in Ashton-under-Lyne a crash took place at the junction with Mowbray Street.
A Mercedes collided with 11-year-old Shahzaib Hussain who had just left a mosque after evening prayers with his father.
The boy was rushed to hospital, but died a short time later.
Prosecuting, Michael Morley, has just started the opening of the trial.
He said Barker is charged with death by dangerous driving.
Mr Morley added:
He went into detail that these facts are not disputed: Shahzaib had just left the Hamza Mosque on Mowbray Street.
After leaving the Mosque, Shahzaib’s uncle crossed Moss Street West to where his car was parked.
Henry Barker was driving a Mercedes A-class vehicle in the direction of the Mosque on Moss Street West.
That Shahzaib stepped onto the road and was hit by the front nearside of the car before he was ‘thrown some distance sustaining injuries which proved fatal’.
Mr Morley said Barker was driving at double the speed limit immediately before the collision.
He added that driving along a narrow back street at that speed ‘can properly be described as dangerous’.
CCTV captured the moment of the crash - and Mr Morley said police were able to measure the speed Barker was travelling.
He added one witness noticed the car while he was sitting in his own car on Moss Street West.
Mr Morley said:
The vehicle Barker was driving in was also fitted with ‘telematics monitoring device’ which records data from inside the vehicle.
And although it is not a continual record, Mr Morley said:
He said police began a major investigation into the collision. Mr Morley said:
He said Barker confirmed he had been the driver and that the child had ‘run out of nowhere’ and that he had panicked after the collision.
Barker was arrested and the car which had ‘obvious impact damage’ recovered from his grandfather’s farm.
When interviewed by police he submitted a prepared statement which claimed he had not thought he was speeding at the time of the collision.
He said Shahzaib had run out in front of him and didn’t believe there was anything else that could have prevented the collision.
The jury has now been told Barker has previously pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
Mr Morley said: