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Man and woman sentenced for causing death by careless driving following collision in Woking

03 Oct, 2018 10:06 News

A man and a woman involved in a collision which led to the death of a pedestrian from Woking in 2016 were sentenced when they appeared at Guildford Crown Court today (2nd October).

Bilal Waheed, 28, of Princess Road in Woking, had already pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment suspended for 24 months, a home curfew of four months, 180 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a victim's surcharge of £140. He was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to undertake an extended re-test.

Shareen Chowdhury, 27, of Western Road, Reading, was found guilty on 25 July 2018 of causing death by careless driving following a trial at Guildford Crown Court. She was sentenced to six months' imprisonment suspended for 18 months, a home curfew of three months, 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a victim's surcharge of £115. She was also disqualified from driving for three years and will have to undertake an extended re-test.

The collision, which led to the death of 49-year-old pedestrian Radhika Gurung as she walked along Monument Road off the junction with Arnold Road, took place around 8.45pm on 9 December 2016.

A blue Peugeot, driven by Chowdhury, and a BMW, driven by Waheed, were involved in a collision at the junction causing the Peugeot to mount the pavement and collide with Mrs Gurung as she was walking past. Waheed was driving at 49mph in a 30mph zone when the collision occurred.

Despite the efforts of paramedics, Mrs Gurung was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Sgt Eddie Ryan from Surrey Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mrs Gurung, who had walked this way many times before and happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on the night she died.

“Although the sentences handed out today cannot bring her back, or make up for her death, I hope that at least it will give some comfort to her loved ones.
“Even driving a few miles over the speed limit can mean the difference between life and death. Waheed had less time to stop when Chowdhury pulled out unexpectedly from the junction. If he had been driving within the speed limit, Mrs Gurung’s death might have been avoided.

"Both Waheed and Chowdhury will have to live with the emotional consequences of their careless driving for the rest of their lives."

Sgt Ryan added: “Please stick to the speed limits – they are there for a reason.”

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