A man who killed a Halifax toddler when he reversed over her in a milk float has been spared custody.
Christopher Davidson, 20, of Valley Grove in Illingworth, Halifax, was reversing at around 14mph in West View, Halifax, when he collided with Zoya Hussain, who ran into the road from between two parked cars.
The toddler died the following day with abdominal and head injuries from being run over by both the back and front wheels of the float.
Davidson, who was 18 at the time of the collision, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at Bradford Crown Court. He was handed a 10-month sentence in a young offenders’ institution, suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC described Davidson’s driving as “remarkably foolish”.
He said: “A 22-month-old child who wandered from the safety of her home into the street lost her life instantaneously when the front and rear wheels of the milk lorry went over the child.
“This is a tragedy of untold proportions. Nothing this court can do can bring this child back.
“My sympathies and sensitivities are with the family of the child who was killed by a remarkably foolish but short-lived piece of driving by an otherwise decent young man.”
Davidson was collecting money on a milk round at around 5.30pm on August 25, 2011.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told the court Davidson was aware that children were playing in the street and did not ask his colleague to watch for hazards as he reversed.
Davidson reversed around 60 metres down the road when he saw a blur in his wing mirror as Zoya ran into his path and heard a bang as the milk float hit her, Mr Adlington said.
He braked but the front and back wheels reversed over the little girl before the vehicle could stop.
It was calculated that Zoya would have been visible to Davidson for around 0.8 seconds before the impact. Experts found that if Davidson was travelling more slowly, the milk float could have stopped before the wheels ran over the toddler, or the collision could have been avoided completely.
Mr Adlington said Davidson’s speed was “unsafe for the conditions”.