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Man jailed over fatal Wolvey crash

A man's been jailed over a crash in Wolvey which killed his 22 month old daughter.

On 22 June 2017, Armel Houanda drove an Audi Q3 Sport hatchback without the consent of his partner. Also in the car was their daughter who was in a car seat in the back of the vehicle.

The defendant drove the car along the B4114 Smockington Lane, Wolvey when it hit the kerb and crashed through a fence before coming to rest in a field.

One of the fence posts went through the windscreen and struck Amelie causing serious head injuries. She was taken to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire where she later passed away.

Houanda was arrested and he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking.

He has today been jailed for two years and eight months and banned from driving for nine years and four months.

Jason Corden-Bowen, District Crown Prosecutor with West Midland Crown Prosecution Service, said:

“Armel Houanda’s decision to get behind the wheel of the car, which he was not licensed or uninsured to drive, had the direst of consequences.

“He claimed that his daughter had removed herself from the restraints on her child seat. When he turned around to check on Amelie this lapse of concentration resulted in the car clipping a kerb and crashing into a fence.

“Instead of stopping and dealing with the incident safely Houanda took both hands off the steering wheel and looked away from the road while the vehicle was still travelling.”

“Those actions have resulted in the tragic loss of a young life.”

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