Lancashire

Freda Holt's family say they received a 'life sentence'

Freda Holt
Image caption Freda Holt suffered fatal injuries in the collision and died in hospital

The husband of a grandmother who was killed when she was hit by a car has said her death has left his family with a life sentence.

Freda Holt, 70, was struck by Salim Chand's silver Mercedes as she stepped on to a road in Blackburn in November.

He fled the scene and his car was later found abandoned in Bolton.

Chand, 25, of Iddesleigh Road, Preston, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for nine years at Preston Crown Court on Monday.

He also admitted perverting the course of justice and using a motor vehicle without insurance or otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Mrs Holt's husband, Ray, said: "We have been sentenced to the rest of our lives without Freda.

"There is just a big hole in the family. The grandchildren adored her and she adored the grandchildren.

"We have got to get on with our lives and remember Freda every day."

'Stupidity of speeding'

He said the family - including his three children and six grandchildren - were determined not to allow her death to make them "bitter and twisted forever more".

Image caption Salim Chand fled the scene after the crash in November

"We had decided whatever the outcome was we weren't going to let the shadow of Chand fall across the family," he said.

A second man, Inis Panwala, 28, of Johnston Street in Blackburn, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Det Insp Brian King, of Lancashire Police, said: "Chand's actions that day led to the death of a woman who had so much to live for.

"His actions have left a family without a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

"This case highlights the stupidity of reckless speeding, which played a huge part in this tragic incident."

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