MG car thief admits manslaughter of Wigan woman

Lynda Hankey
Image caption Lynda Hankey died after being seriously injured outside her home

A 23-year-old man has admitted killing a woman who was knocked down by her own car as it was stolen from outside her Greater Manchester home.

Shaun Higgins, of Church Street, Leigh, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Lynda Hankey, 42, of Wigan.

The incident in January was witnessed by Ms Hankey's partner, Jamie Hudson, and Ms Hudson's five-year-old son.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Higgins hit Ms Hankey with her MG sports car. He is due to be sentenced on 23 July.

Aggravated vehicle-taking

Ms Hankey, a delivery driver, had started running the engine of her car and had briefly returned to her house at Prestt Grove, Worsley Mesnes, to pick up Ms Hudson and her son.

She saw Higgins sitting in the driver's seat and was hit as she stepped into the road to stop the car from being driven away.

Higgins had earlier admitted aggravated vehicle-taking and causing death by dangerous driving while disqualified from driving, at a previous hearing in March.

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