A ruthless driver who knocked down and killed an elderly couple has only been incarcerated for two years.
Ann Nickerson, 75, and husband Lawrence, 79, left home for a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant in Jesmond, Newcastle on November 23, 2019.
The grandparents, who were due to celebrate their wedding anniversary with diamonds just months later, had parked and were crossing the street when 23-year-old Asif Hussain knocked them over before driving off.
Ms. Nickerson died on the scene while Mr. Nickerson was hospitalized – but tragically died a few days later.
Police launched a large-scale search for Hussain before he vomited and was arrested.
A ruthless driver who killed Ann Nickerson, 75, and husband Lawrence, 79 (pictured), has been incarcerated for two years
Hussain, 23, from Wingrove Gardens, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by careless driving without being insured and not stopping after a collision and possession of cannabis.
He was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court.
The grandparents, who were due to celebrate their wedding anniversary with diamonds in 2020, had parked and were crossing the street when 23-year-old Asif Hussain (pictured) knocked them over before leaving
A statement from the Nickerson family said: “Today we are closing the criminal case, but it brings no relief in any way.
“Our family and everyone who knew and loved our parents still mourn them. They were the most wonderful people who were tragically taken from us before their time.
“We miss her incredibly.
“We would like to thank all of our friends, family members and police officers who work for the liaison team for their great support at a terrible time. Many Thanks.’
Sergeant Matt Sykes, Motor Patrols, Northumbria Police paid tribute to the Nickerson family and described Ann and Lawrence’s deaths as “completely preventable”.
He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to praise the courage and valor of the Nickerson family during these appalling circumstances and incredibly difficult legal proceedings.
“This was a truly devastating case to be brought to court and I hope that today it will help the family take the first step towards the closure they deserve.
Ann and Lawrence’s deaths were completely preventable and this incident illustrates how one person’s senseless and irresponsible actions can completely destroy other people’s lives.
Ms. Nickerson died on the scene (pictured) while Mr. Nickerson was hospitalized – but tragically died a few days later
Hussain hit two innocent pedestrians for driving carelessly and too fast and also fled the scene, so that they died on the street.
“One day his sentence will end, but hopefully the needlessly taking the lives of two innocent people will stay with him forever.
“I want to emphasize to all drivers in our region how dangerous our roads can be if you drive irresponsibly and are not careful. Please treat our pedestrians and road users with respect and help us prevent other people from having this terrible ordeal.
Police launched a large-scale search for Hussain before he vomited and was arrested. Pictured: the scene on the night of the crash
“Nobody should lose their life on the roads in our region.”
At the time of her death, the family said in an emotional statement: “Our entire family has become heartbroken at the loss of Ann and Lawrence.
“They were our parents, our grandparents, and our best friends.
“In order for our loved ones to be taken from us in such a terrible and tragic way, we will be forever changed and we will mourn this loss.”
The family also said the devoted couple raised three children together while working hard to build their own family business, Clarks Home Bakery.
The company looked after the whole family for 42 years.