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Olivia Edohasim: Death crash father would 'never harm children'

Olivia Edohasim Image copyright Neil Barrett
Image caption Olivia Edohasim died at the scene of the crash

A doctor who drove at double the speed limit and through a red light before a crash killed his daughter has told a court he would "never" harm his children.

Dr Chizoro Edohasim had been taking his daughters to a maths class when the crash happened in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, in May 2016.

Nine-year-old Olivia Edohasim died at the scene. Her sister needed surgery.

Dr Edohasim denies causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 47-year-old told Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court: "I'm tormented every day. I wish I was able to explain what happened, why the car behaved this way."

'Wonderful girl'

He said he was not aware of any problems with his Toyota Auris, which was bought new 18 months before the crash, and had been serviced and was roadworthy.

He said Olivia "was a bundle of joy, a wonderful girl".

"It pains me to say 'was', not 'is'. I would never cause harm to my children."

Asked by defence barrister Stuart Russell Flint QC: "Did you ever wish to cause harm to yourself?", he replied: "Never."

He said: "Life was looking very great. The children were looking forward to going on holiday - we were happy."

There were "no financial strains" at the time of the crash, he added.

Dr Edohasim said he had no criminal convictions and had one speeding ticket from November 2015 for exceeding the 50 mph limit on a motorway.

The trial continues.

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