A speeding driver who mowed down and killed a mum and her eight-month-old baby boy in front of his horrified father has been jailed.
Tyson Haynes, 53, ploughed into Nicole Newman, 23, as she pushed Luciano Bianco-Newman in his buggy in South East London in January 2019.
Charlie Bianco-Ashley had already crossed the road and could only look on as she hit the windscreen of the Ford Fiesta, throwing the buggy in the air.
Haynes’ daughter, eight, was in the car at the time as he was driving home from McDonald’s, Isleworth Crown Court heard.
Nicole died at the scene and little Lucianao died a week later in hospital.
Haynes accepted two counts of causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing.
In a statement read at his sentencing hearing, Charlie Bianco-Ashley said: “My son was on constant life support, he wasn’t going to live on his own independent of life support.
“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.”
Judge Richard Marks QC, the Common Serjeant of London, jailed Haynes for 33 months.
He told Haynes: “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.
“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 about ten minutes before the crash and was driving at 67mph on the 30mph road just seconds before the crash, the court heard.
Haynes started braking when he was at least 29 metres away, but is still estimated to have hit the pair at around 44mph, the court heard.
The father-of-three, who worked at Lewisham College as an admin assistant, was originally charged with causing the deaths by dangerous driving.
Judge Marks said prosecutors only agreed to accept the less serious charges and not pursue counts of death by dangerous driving at trial because of his health.
It was said Haynes, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010, is wheelchair-bound and spends most of the day in bed.
Leila Gaskin, defending, said Haynes’ secondary progressive MS has been deteriorating rapidly since the collision, and doctors have given him a maximum of four years to live.
The scene where a Mother is dead and a baby in life-threatening condition after South London car incident
The court heard Haynes told police the “automatic braking system” of his car had not kicked in, but it was later discovered the car did not have this feature.
In a victim impact statement, Nicole’s dad said: “I can’t believe my daughter is gone. It seems so unfair. I can’t find it within myself to forgive the car driver at the moment.
“I’m an emotional wreck and I can’t find productive ways to cope with my loss.
“My emotional state has taken a turn for the worse. Seeing sirens takes me straight back to that night.”
Nicole’s mum Arlene Newman said: “Since their deaths, I have struggled living my life day-to-day. I feel empty and angry and I have been unable to work. I feel myself occasionally enjoying myself out with friends and family.
“I find myself thinking that I’ll tell Nicole about that later but then realise she’s not there anymore.
“I feel as though my life is empty. I have two other children but miss Nicole’s companionship.
“I feel angry because their deaths were entirely preventable. I do want the driver to understand how his actions have affected me and my family. I find myself feeling guilty about their deaths as I delayed cooking their dinner that evening.
“I find myself drawn into a shell. I feel as though I’m in a bubble when out and about – my life has crashed to a halt but other people’s lives are going on around me. It’s my way of dealing with things.”