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Driver, 19, killed man aged 80 on Luton crossing

A teenage driver who killed an 80-year-old man on a crossing in Bedfordshire has been jailed for three years.

Ashley Little, then 19, of Dunstable, drove a Ford Fiesta at more than 50mph on 31 August 2010 and hit Joseph Shannon on Dunstable Road, Luton.

At St Albans Crown Court Judge Michael Baker QC also banned him from driving for four years.

He said: "If you had been driving at 30mph or under you would have missed or avoided killing Mr Shannon."

The electrician, who worked for a solar panel company, was on his way home in congested traffic when he accelerated and struck Mr Shannon, who lived in Luton.

Prosecutor Simon Sterling said Little, who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, stopped his car and called the emergency services.

Stuart Sprawson, defending, said: "He recognises he is responsible for someone's death and he has to live with that for the rest of his life."

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