A driver has pleaded guilty to killing a three-year-old girl after hitting her with his car at a zebra crossing.
Labib Choudhury, 25, admitted causing the death of Maysoon Abdul-Hakeem by driving without due care and attention in an appearance at at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday (July 28), BirminghamLive reports.
Maysoon was struck by a Ford Galaxy driven by Choudhury while crossing the road with her family in Tyseley, Birmingham on November 11 last year.
She was taken by paramedics to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. A police report at the time of her accident said Choudhury fled the scene, but later handed himself into officers.
Flowers and written tributes from children and members of the community could be seen at the crossing in the days after.
A tribute from her family released via West Midlands Police at the time read: “We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful daughter Maysoon.
“Please respect our privacy at this very difficult time.”
On Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC described the death as a “tragic case” and adjourned sentencing until September 8 for a pre sentence report to be prepared.
Choudhury was remanded on bail and given an interim disqualification from driving.
The tragic incident prompted some residents in the area to start guiding traffic as pupils crossed the road before and after school, with one man seen in the street wearing a hi-vis jacket.
Olive School, a Muslim faith primary situated just yards from the crossing, asked parents and carers not to take matters into their own hands.
A letter from school headteacher Rifat Batool said: “Please be aware that neither school staff nor parents have the legal authority to manage traffic and pedestrian crossings in the same way that a school crossing patrol (designated by the local authority) or police officer does.
“Therefore, school staff and parents are not permitted to stop traffic or direct pedestrians across the road.”
It also issued safety advice, including to “remain vigilant at all times, especially when on the zebra crossing.”