Toddler killed after car crashes near Hinckley

An uninsured and unlicensed driver killed his 22-month-old baby daughter when his car crashed into a field near Hinckley.

Armel Houanda, 38, had taken his partners Audi Q3 Sport without her permission. His daughter, Amelie, was on the back seat and Mr Houanda said he had let go of the wheel to check on her when the car hit a kerb and crashed through a fence into the field.

Amelie suffered fatal head injuries when a fence post went through the windscreen and struck her.

At Warwick Crown Court today, Houanda was jailed for two years and eight months, and banned from driving for nine years.

The tragedy happened in Smockington Lane, Wolvey. The Crown Prosecution Service said Houanda, from Coventry, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and taking a vehicle without consent.

Jason Corden-Bowen, district crown prosecutor, said: “Armel Houanda’s decision to get behind the wheel of the car, which he was not licensed or insured to drive, had the direst of consequences.”

He added: “He claimed that his daughter had removed herself from the restraints on her child seat. When he turned around to check on Amelie this lapse of concentration resulted in the car clipping a kerb and crashing into a fence.”

“Instead of stopping and dealing with the incident safely, Houanda took both hands off the steering wheel and looked away from the road while the vehicle was still travelling.”

“Those actions have resulted in the tragic loss of a young life.”

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