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'A38 death crash driver was banned'

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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TWO sisters died in a smash on the A38 near Burton when their car hit a vehicle being driven by a banned motorist, prosecutors claim.

Eugene Robinson, himself still recovering from injuries suffered in the crash, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with two counts of causing death by driving.

Robinson, 24, has not been blamed for causing the accident, but prosecutors say if he had not been on the road then Parveen Kauser, 38, and Raheela Altaf, 37, may still be alive today.

The court heard Ms Kauser’s Lexus was travelling along the southbound carriageway of the A38 at Branston when it veered into the opposite lane and collided with Robinson’s Peugeot 207 at 7.45pm on April 27.

The double death was a decisive moment in the A38’s history and led to the closure of an intersection, used that night by Ms Kauser, which allowed motorists to cross the central reservation into the other carriageway.

Ms Kauser and her front seat passenger, Ms Altaf, both of Derby, died from their injuries. Six other people, including Robinson and his partner, were left injured.

Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told magistrates: “I would like to make it clear that in no way does the Crown (Prosecution Service) blame the defendant for the deaths.

“It was Ms Kauser’s car that flipped into his lane and collided with him.”

Robinson faces two charges of causing the deaths by driving while disqualified and without insurance. He has entered no pleas to any of the charges.

He faces separate charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Robinson, of Maple Avenue, Littleover, will return to Burton Magistrates’ Court on January 7 for committal to Stafford Crown Court. He answers unconditional bail until that date.

Following the double tragedy Burton's MP Andrew Griffiths called for a safety review of the A38.

Highways bosses have since closed the gap in the central reservation after it was branded dangerous.

A review is currently under way about closing the three other gaps along the same stretch of road, the introduction of lower speed limits and the state of vegetation on the approaches to the A38.

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