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Young racing driver who lost control of Suzuki at 80 km / h and killed the retiree SOBS when found guilty


Young racing driver, 20, who lost control of the new Suzuki at 50 mph in 30 zones and killed the retiree, 72, SOBS when found guilty of death by dangerous driving

  • Daniel Freeman-Hollins & # 39; car plowed at Raymond Johnstone in May 2019 (72)
  • The 20-year-old racing driver lost control of Suzuki Liana in front of the Robin Hood Pub
  • Freeman-Hollins of Malvern was convicted of death by dangerous driving
  • When the verdict was read out yesterday, the defendant burst into tears

A racer who lost control of his new Suzuki Liana at 50 mph in a 30 km / h zone and killed a retiree cried after being found guilty of causing his death.

Daniel Freeman-Hollins & # 39; car plowed outside the Robin Hood Pub in Castlemorton, Worcestershire, in Raymond Johnstone (72) last May.

Mr. Johnstone was hit with such force that he was knocked out against his Land Rover Freelander, which was rammed into a pub building that collapsed on top of him.

Although the grandfather was hospitalized, he died of multiple injuries.

Freeman-Hollins of Malvern, Worcestershire, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving and causing death while unlicensed and uninsured.

When the verdict was read out yesterday, the 20-year-old burst into tears.

Worcester Crown Court was told that the defendant only owned the car for a week despite the lack of a license or insurance.

Daniel Freeman-Hollins of Malvern, Worcestershire, was found guilty of causing death by careless driving and causing death while unlicensed and uninsured

Freeman-Hollins was driving with his girlfriend in the car at a speed of more than 80 km / h when he lost control in front of the Robin Hood Pub, the court heard.

He dodged to avoid Mr. Johnstone's daughter-in-law Ruth Johnstone, who left the pub parking lot at 7:30 p.m.

Then he collided with a parked Kia Sportage and crossed the parking lot and hit Mr. Johnstone's Land Rover.

Freeman-Hollins, Harpreet Sandhu, said on prosecution, “It is the case that you simply did not have enough time to recognize the danger and act on it.

The defendant lost control of his new Suzuki Liana at 80 km / h outside the Robin Hood Pub in Castlemorton, Worcestershire last May

The defendant lost control of his new Suzuki Liana at 80 km / h outside the Robin Hood Pub in Castlemorton, Worcestershire last May

»You came around this corner and did not drive at 80 km / h (the speed limit on this route), but at a speed of over 80 km / h. You didn't use your breaks. Therefore there were no skid marks (on the road). & # 39;

The court heard that Mr. Johnstone was being dragged into the building, which collapsed on him.

Mr. Sandhu said, “The Liana hit the Freelander and sent him to the wooden building.

"Raymond Johnstone, who was standing next to this Freelander, was pulled into the building by car."

The defendant sustained minor injuries when his car was pulled back into the middle of the road.

It only took the jury an hour and ten minutes to find Freeman-Hollins unanimously guilty. The case was adjourned until November 13 for conviction.

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