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Death crash driver 'clocked at 95mph in 30mph zone'

Matthew Scrimshaw
Image caption Matthew Scrimshaw was also 1.75 times over the blood alcohol limit, the court heard

A driver who hit speeds of 95mph (153km/h) in a 30mph (48km/h) zone was on the wrong side of the road when he hit another car, a court was told.

Matthew Scrimshaw, 37, of Newthorpe, Nottinghamshire, denies causing the death by dangerous driving of Iris Higginson, 67, in December 2014.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court was told the driver was also 1.75 times over the blood alcohol limit.

The court heard Mrs Higginson was "doing absolutely nothing wrong".

'Incredibly dangerous'

Prosecutor Steven Coupland said Mr Scrimshaw's Audi TT car was spotted on CCTV on Mansfield Road in Eastwood just before the crash at speeds of 88mph (142km/h) and 95mph (153km/h).

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Mrs Higginson's Vauxhall Corsa was hit "almost head-on" and she died at the scene as a result of Mr Scrimshaw's "incredibly dangerous driving," he said.

Mr Coupland said: "Worse than all of that - he was driving on the wrong side of the road."

Image caption Iris Higginson was driving a Vauxhall Corsa when the car collided with two other vehicles in Eastwood in December 2014

Mr Scrimshaw made no attempt to comfort or help Iris Higginson or call the police and left the scene to hide the fact he was drinking, the prosecution said.

He also denies causing serious injury by dangerous driving in relation to a friend injured in the crash and charges of failing to stop at an accident, driving with excess alcohol and failing to report an accident.

The trial continues.

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