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Woman, 72, jailed for death by dangerous driving

Mrs Helen Brady (right) and Mrs Alice Cullen
Image caption Mrs Cullen and Mrs Brady were life long friends

A 72-year-old has been jailed for causing the death of two pensioners by dangerous driving.

Enid Mills, from Abbey Close, Pinner, north London, was jailed for 18 months at Harrow Crown Court.

Mills mounted the pavement and hit Alice Cullen, 72, and Helen Brady, 70, in Sudbury Hill, north-west London, on 19 February 2009.

She should not have been driving her car that day as her diabetes was dangerously unstable, the court heard.

The pensioner lost control of her car whilst suffering from a hypoglycaemic episode.

Mrs Cullen and Mrs Brady, who were lifelong friends and came from the Wembley area, had been visiting a sick friend that day.

Family 'devastated'

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mills had pleaded not guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

In a statement, the families of Mrs Brady and Mrs Cullen said: "Although the guilty verdict gives our families some closure over our mothers' deaths, we feel that this tragedy was avoidable.

"Enid Mills failed to inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) of her blackouts brought on by her diabetes.

"She selfishly did not want to give up her car as this would force her to be reliant on another mode of transport and restrict her ease of mobility and affect her independence."

Metropolitan Police Det Sgt David Tanner, who led the investigation, said: "Enid Mills was driving with no regard to the safety of people around her and her actions ultimately led to the death of two elderly women simply going about their business.

"Their families have been devastated by this totally avoidable collision."

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