Cumbria

Careless driver killed pregnant Cumbrian woman

Anne Marie McCreadie
Image caption Mrs McCreadie was six months pregnant when she died

A car driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a 29-year-old Cumbrian woman and her unborn baby.

Anne-Marie McCreadie, of Lowry Hill, died when a BMW mounted the pavement while she was walking in Wilson Row, Penrith on 15 May last year.

Carlisle Crown Court heard 41-year-old Andrew Harrison was driving in wet conditions with faulty brakes.

Harrison, of Patergill Park, Penrith, had denied causing the death of Mrs McCreadie by careless driving.

The court was told Mrs McCreadie, who was six-months pregnant, suffered severe pelvic injuries after the BMW mounted the pavement and skidded into her.

Wet conditions

She was with a friend and her husband Andrew at the time, who described her as a "fun-loving and beautiful woman."

The court heard Harrison was driving, despite his car displaying warning lights indicating a fault with the vehicle's anti-lock braking system and traction control.

The prosecution also claimed he had accelerated too hard in the moments before hitting Mrs McCreadie and had not made allowance for the wet conditions at the time.

Harrison told the court he had been "devastated" by Mrs McCreadie's death.

He was remanded on bail for background reports and is due to be sentenced on 29 July.

Judge Paul Batty warned him all sentencing options, including prison, would be considered.

In the meantime Harrison was banned from driving.

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