Father of UEA student killed in crash launches petition for lifetime disqualification of dangerous drivers

Rebecca McManus. Photo: West Midlands Police

Rebecca McManus. Photo: West Midlands Police - Credit: PA

The father of a UEA student killed by a speeding driver has launched a petition calling for lifetime driving disqualifications for those who kill behind the wheel.

Rebecca McManus, who had just finished her English literature and creative writing degree at UEA, died after a car being driven at 101mph hit her and her friend as they waited at a bus stop in Birmingham, May 2014.

Now, her father Gerard has launched a petition to try and ensure those who cause death by dangerous driving are banned from driving indefinitely.

Mr McManus said Sukvinder Mannan, who pleaded guilty to causing Miss McManus' death by dangerous driving, would have had time taken off his sentence for his guilty plea, and would probably be out in a few years.

'He will get his freedom,' Mr McManus said. 'He will still be able to be a young man, pick up his family and a job if he can, but I do not think he should be able to drive again.'

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Mannan was jailed for eight years and disqualified from driving for ten years at Wolverhampton Crown Court in December 2015.

He had been racing another driver at the time of the horror crash, in a manner witnesses described as 'like a scene out of The Fast and Furious'.

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The other driver was found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

'There are different levels of culpability in the law but in Rebecca's case there was a high level of culpability, it was not just that he took his eye off the road, he chose to have a high speed chase. [The law] needs to be debated and people like him I don't think should be able to drive again.'

The petition, currently at 1,677, was started this month.

If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures within six months the government must respond.

While reaching 100,000 signatures would see the petition considered for debate in Parliament.

Mr McManus recently visited Norwich for the launch of a book of his daughter's poetry, A Book of Fragments and Dreams.

He added: 'It was a really good evening, [Rebecca] would have loved it. It was a great atmosphere, a great space, it was an evening of celebration.'

To sign the petition visit petition.parliament.uk/petitions/191856

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