Jail for man who killed own daughter in crash on way to maths class

A motorist has been jailed for four years after he killed his nine-year-old daughter as he rushed in traffic to take her to a maths class.

Chizoro Edohasim, 47, of Timperley, Greater Manchester, overtook vehicles at high speed and drove through a red light before he crashed into a wall on the morning of May 7 2016.

Olivia Edohasim was pronounced dead at the scene in Manchester Road, Altrincham, while her elder sister needed emergency life-saving surgery.

Edohasim had denied causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving but a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last month found him guilty of the offences.

The defendant claimed his brakes had failed but experts who examined his Toyota Auris said it was at 100% acceleration and the brakes were off at the time of the collision, said Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Edohasim, of Huntspill Road, was also banned from driving for five years.

Following sentencing, Brian Orr of GMP's serious collision investigation unit said: "This was a very tragic case. This family have been ripped apart by the stupidity of their father and his little girl has lost her life due to his dangerous driving.

"He will have to live with that guilt for the rest of his life, knowing that he killed his own daughter. There really are no winners in this case."

Following her death, the victim's family said: "Olivia Edohasim was delivered to the world in late summer 2006. This little bundle of joy was gladly welcomed and breezed through her milestones with ease.

"She brought smiles to all faces at all times and was the star daughter, sister, granddaughter and goddaughter.

"She was exceptional at school and left a blaze of success in all that she engaged in and was never afraid to step out of her comfort zone. She grew up and was nurtured in her family's traditional Christian beliefs.

"She will be greatly missed by all of us but will remain in our thoughts and hearts forever."

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