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Ethan Owens death: Driver Zoe Bennison spared prison

Marina Way in Hartlepool Image copyright Google
Image caption Ethan Owens was hit by Zoe Bennison's Range Rover in Marina Way

A driver has been given a suspended prison sentence for killing a nine-year-old boy who was struck by her Range Rover.

Ethan Owens died eight days after being hit by Zoe Bennison's car in Marina Way, Hartlepool on February 27.

Bennison, 26, of Hylton Close, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to causing his death by careless driving.

She was sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for 18 months, at Teesside Crown Court.

Bennison was also given a two-year driving ban.

Ethan suffered injuries to his head, pelvis, and spine. He was treated at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough before his life-support machine was turned off.

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