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Driver who killed dad Paul Collinson and left young mum in wheelchair for life is jailed

A danger driver who killed a much loved dad-of-three and left a young mum in a wheelchair for life has been locked up for eight years as his devastated victims accused him of “showing no remorse”.

Unlicensed and uninsured Kyle Hutchinson was high on cocaine when he ploughed into the County Hotel pub shortly after midnight on September 24 last year.

A court heard the horrific crash "ruined so many lives in so many different ways" after causing the death of pedestrian Paul Collinson, serious injuries to three other people and leaving one witness traumatised.

Newcastle Crown Court heard Hutchinson had been out drinking on September 23 last year when he offered acquaintances Luke Robinson and Shauna Kime a lift from the Crockets pub in Walker to a house party.

But when a police car tried to pull him over, he "panicked" and drove off.

The then 19-year-old led police on a high speed chase of up to 82mph through residential streets – swerving into the centre of the road, going straight across a roundabout and narrowly missing a head-on crash with a taxi.

But the court heard that after swerving to get back onto the correct side of Walker Road, he lost control of the Volkswagen Passat he was driving and crashed straight into the front of the County Hotel pub.

Prosecutor Mark Giuliani said that standing outside the pub at the time were friends Paul Collinson, 54, and Christopher McShane, 59.

Mr McShane described grabbing his friend and saying “what the f***” as he realised the speeding car was heading straight for them.

The court heard the vehicle then hit Mr McShane on the leg and sent him flying through the closed doors of the County Hotel, while Mr Collinson was crushed between the car and the pub's wall.

Mr Collinson suffered fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Hutchinson's front seat passenger Mr Robinson, 26, had numerous broken bones while Ms Kime suffered serious spinal injuries and has been told she will never walk again.

While Hutchinson was in hospital with a fractured left hip and knee wound, blood samples were taken which found cocaine in his system at a concentration of 14 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of blood.

The legal limit is 10 microgrammes.

A police investigation found that the tyres of the car, which Hutchinson had borrowed from a friend, were “dangerously under-inflated”, which had been a “contributory element of the collision”.

But it concluded that the primary cause was “excessive speed”.

The full impact of the horrific crash was revealed in devastating victim personal statements in court.

Speaking directly to Hutchinson, Mr Collinson's daughter Donna said: “You have robbed us of an amazing man. My dad was a much loved and respected gentleman.

“He had a tough exterior but was soft inside, especially with his grandkids. He was not well educated but was a professor of life."

She told the court her mum "has had to sit back and watch as her three children's lives fell apart” in the aftermath of the crash.

Donna told Hutchinson: “You have just led a normal life, parading your injuries on Snapchat, acting like you have done nothing wrong.

“The day we laid the headstone you were partying on holiday.”

Ms Kime, 26, who has been left seriously disabled due to her injuries, said: “I have a four-year-old son, I feel really badly for him, I feel like I went out one night and didn't come home.

"I feel like I went out one night and didn’t come back. I feel like my son is missing out on having a mummy.

“I simply went out for a night with my boyfriend but by the end of the night my life had completely been ripped apart, all because I accepted a lift from someone I thought was a friend.

“I want an apology from Kyle because at the moment it seems like he just doesn’t care.”

Mr Robinson said his injuries had affected both wrists and he is still being treated for a fracture to his chest.

His statement read: “Kyle needs to face the consequences of his actions. Since it has happened he has shown no remorse.”

Mr McShane's statement said his serious leg and pelvic injuries had left him needing help with “simple daily tasks”, and he still suffered “flashbacks of that terrible night”.

The crash was also witnessed by a friend of Mr Collinson, Tracey Ditchburn, who was looking out of her window at the time but only later found out who the victim was.

She said: “I haven’t been able to sleep since. To think I saw it happen and didn’t realise it was Paul is hard to comprehend.”

Mark Harrison, defending, said Hutchinson “well understands the damage he has caused to a great number of people”.

In a statement Hutchinson said: “I panicked when the police began chasing me and lost control of the vehicle.

“I will never forgive myself, I never intended to hurt anyone.”

Hutchinson, now 20, of Praetorian Drive in Wallsend , pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving, three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and one count of causing death by driving while uninsured.

Recorder of Newcastle Judge Paul Sloan QC sentenced him to eight years in a young offenders' institution.

He was also banned from driving for four years and must take the extended test before he can drive again.

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/kyle-hutchinson-paul-collinson-court-16652637

stella Posted on August 27, 2019 08:35

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