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Olivia Edohasim: Death crash father 'ignored red light'

Olivia Edohasim Image copyright Neil Barrett
Image caption Nine-year-old Olivia Edohasim was killed in the crash in Altrincham

A doctor drove at almost double the speed limit and passed through a red light before a crash which killed his daughter, a court has heard.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard Dr Chizoro Edohasim recklessly overtook cars before hitting a wall.

His nine-year-old daughter Olivia died at the scene in Altrincham, while her sister needed emergency surgery.

The 47-year-old, of Altrincham, denies causing death and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He had been taking his daughters to a maths class on the morning of 7 May 2016 when the crash happened on Manchester Road.

The jury heard he told police: "All my life I've been saving life as a doctor... this is how the devil gets me back."

'Bomb going off'

Nicholas Gee, who had been driving in the opposite direction, told the court he saw Dr Edohasim's Toyota Auris coming towards him as it overtook two cars.

Describing the defendant as a "lunatic" whose driving was "reckless and suicidal", he said he was forced to make an emergency stop to avoid a head-on collision.

Sol Diaz, who was walking along the road, told the jury other oncoming cars had had to pull on to the pavement to get out of his way.

The court was told the Toyota had been travelling at 59mph in a 30mph zone when it went through a red light and hit the wall, and was believed to have been accelerating.

Lee Cookson, who witnessed the crash, said the impact of the car had been "like a bomb going off", adding: "There could have been a fault with the car."

Dr Edohasim, of Huntspill Road, claims he was braking at the time of the crash and blames a mechanical failure for what happened, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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