A van driver has been warned he could be jailed after he was convicted of causing the death of a mother who was struck by his runaway vehicle.
Mrs Simran Ahmed, 46, suffered catastrophic injuries when she was crushed by the driverless Ford Transit Connect van after it rolled downhill and then across Willans Road, Dewsbury on to the pavement.
Mohammed Karani had parked the vehicle on Swindon Road while doing some electrical work inside the Medina Academy but it moved, the prosecution claimed, because he had not fully pulled the handbrake on or left it in gear.
Karani, 44 of Park Close, Batley, was unanimously found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court of causing Mrs Ahmed’s death by careless or inconsiderate driving on April 26 last year.
Judge Christopher Batty agreed to adjourn for a pre-sentence report but warned: “I cannot at this stage say that it will be anything other than an immediate custodial sentence.”
He imposed an interim disqualification and bailed Karani until sentence telling him: “This is a very sad case and also a sad case for you.”
“There is no way you ever intended or ever foresaw the tragic events of that day and I recognise that.”
Stephen Wood prosecuting had told the jury CCTV footage showed Karani twice returning to the vehicle and removing tools.
But around 34 minutes after he was last seen doing that the van was captured moving backwards slowly down the incline. Mrs Ahmed, 46, was crossing Willans Road with two children including her daughter Kiran aged 10.
The runaway van crushed Mrs Ahmed against a wall and seriously injured Kiran, who had a fractured skull.