A speeding driver who killed a teenager after ploughing into her at a crossing has today been jailed for 30 months.
Mohammed Youssaf was driving home in his mum’s car 10mph over the 30 limit when he failed to notice Newcastle University student Emma Guilbert, 18, step into the road.
The 33-year-old defendant had been illegally on his phone prior to the accident, with shocking CCTV footage played at Newcastle Crown Court during his trial.
The first year psychology student, originally from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was flung into the air and suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of the incident on November 23, 2018, reports the Chronicle Live.
She was seen crossing Wingrove Road in Newcastle’s Fenham area – while listening to music – before the green man showed on the lights and didn’t appear to pause to see what was coming on her right.
Youssaf was on his way home to Great Park, North Gosforth, from work, though there was no evidence he had been on his phone when he hit Emma.
Jurors found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.
Sentencing him, Mr Justice Lavender said: “You drove too fast and didn’t look where you were going.
“Your speed was at least 40mph, at least 10mph above the speed limit, in a residential area.”
The judge said Youssaf had not been able to explain why he didn’t see Emma in the road in front of him.
He added: “I don’t know what you were doing for those three-and-a-half seconds but I’m sure you were not looking at the road ahead.
“You had been using your mobile phone unlawfully at various times when driving home from work in the 18 minutes or so before the collision but I accept you weren’t on a call at the time.
“It may be your attention was on your phone but all that matters is you were looking at something other than the road ahead.”
Emma, was sent flying several metres through the air along with some papers she was carrying, before she landed near a bus stop.
Justice Lavender told Youssaf: “Mercifully, death came quickly but her death was a tragedy.
“She was a young girl full of promise and you extinguished that young life and brought grief and misery to her family.
“Her family will appreciate that no sentence imposed by this court can undo the irreparable harm you have caused.
“Your driving caused a significant risk of danger. You were, in effect, driving blind.”
Youssaf, of Wingrove Road, Fenham, fled the scene afterwards and set about covering his tracks.
He changed his top, parked his mum’s damaged Peugeot 307 into a back alley and deleted things from his phone.
He later handed himself into police after becoming aware the incident had been captured on CCTV.
As well as the prison sentence, Youssaf will be banned from driving for three years after he is released.
During the trial, prosecutor Andrew Espley told jurors: “The footage is upsetting. We don’t really see the car coming before it hits Emma.”
Police later found it with a smashed windscreen.
The collision has had a “significant effect” on his mental health, he has PTSD and has been unable to work.
Christopher Knox, defending, said his client is a “man of good character” and was driving a car that was properly maintained and insured.
He added he has no convictions for bad driving or any criminal offence.
“The court should appreciate he is utterly remorseful for what happened and what he did,” he said.