Bradford

Taxi driver sentenced over Halifax woman's fall death

Lisa Saville
Image caption Lisa Saville was found with serious head injuries on City Lane

A taxi driver has been given a 12-month suspended prison sentence after a teenage passenger fell out of his moving vehicle in Halifax and died.

Lisa Saville, 19, had been on a night out when she tumbled from the vehicle and hit her head on the ground in City Lane, Wheatley.

Bradford Crown Court was told a dispute took place on 4 March over the fare which involved another passenger.

Iqbal pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

The court was told Daniel Briggs, who was also in the vehicle with Miss Saville, became "aggressive and abusive" with Iqbal.

'Drove off'

Mr Briggs, 25, punched Iqbal in the head before leaving the vehicle.

In a moment of "panic" Iqbal started to move off, the court was told, leaving Miss Saville in the back of the taxi.

The court heard Miss Saville then jumped out of the moving vehicle and fell on her back striking her head.

Iqbal drove back to the taxi rank and later cleaned the vehicle, the court was told.

Judge Robert Bartfield told him: "You drove off when you realised she was no longer in the cab. You did not turn back to see what had happened."

He added: "Her loss is as devastating today as it was when she met her untimely death."

Iqbal, formerly of Glenholme Heath, Halifax, was also banned from driving for a year.

The court was told Iqbal, who now lives in Worcester, had been psychologically affected by the tragedy.

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