Tragic mum, 23, and baby killed by speeding driver as dad watched on in horror
A speeding driver who killed a mum and her eight-month-old baby boy as the horrified youngster's father watched on has been jailed by a crown court judge.
Tyson Haynes, 53, crashed into Nicole Newman as she pushed eight-month-old Luciano Bianco-Newman in his buggy in southeast London in January 2019.
Charlie Bianco-Ashley, Nicole's partner, had already crossed the road in Anerley and was only able to look on as Nicole, 23, hit the Ford Fiesta's windscreen and his son's buggy was thrown into the air, My London reports.
Haynes' eight-year-old daughter was also in the car at the time as they drove back from McDonald's, a court heard.
In a statement read at his sentencing hearing, Charlie Bianco-Ashley said: "I sat with him, I held his hand and they switched the machines off and he died in my arms. My life as I know it is different.
"I know I can't replace them, I just wish I could see them one more day. Me and Nicole were a team, we just got a flat together, we had our first child and things were starting to settle down. This is now gone from my life forever."
Haynes was jailed for 33 months by Judge Richard Marks QC.
Judge Marks said: "The word 'tragic' is much overused but if ever a case could properly be so described, this is such a case.
"I’m aware no sentence that I can impose in this case can bring Nicole and the little boy back, and nor will any sentence seem remotely adequate to the family.
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"The family are unsurprisingly utterly devastated. The undisputed evidence is that had you been driving within the speed limit, this collision would have been avoided."
Haynes was "persistently speeding" in the area for around ten minutes before the crash happened, Isleworth Crown Court heard.
The father-of-three had reportedly been travelling at 67mph on the 30mph just seconds before the crash.
Haynes started to brake when he was at least 29 metres away, but it is estimated he hit the pair at around 44mph, the court heard.
He had originally been charged with causing the deaths by dangerous driving.
Judge Marks said that prosecutors only agreed to accept the less serious charges and not pursue the counts of death by dangerous driving at trial due to his health.
It was heard that Haynes, who is wheelchair-bound and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010, spends most of the day in bed.
Leila Gaskin, defending, said Haynes’ secondary progressive MS has been rapidly deteriorating since the collision.
Doctors have given the 53-year-old a maximum of four years to live.
Sentencing Haynes, Judge Marks said: "The major mitigating factor in your case is your serious medical condition."
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