A taxi driver who killed a pensioner when he knocked her and a friend down as he reversed at speed has been jailed for 12 months.
Private hire taxi driver Baljit Singh, (28), of Ansty Road, Coventry, had denied causing 79-year-old Vera Bartlett's death by dangerous driving - but pleaded guilty on the day he was due to stand trial.
Adrian Keeling, prosecuting at Warwick Crown Court, said that in February last year Singh finished work at a Coventry post office and began work at his second job as a taxi driver with Call Line, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
He was asked to take a fare to a hotel in Birmingham and set off at 7pm, just as Mrs Bartlett and her friend Louise Mitchell were walking from her home in Station Road to the Talisman Theatre.
When Singh reached the junction with Warwick Road he dropped his passenger off as he wanted to go to the cash machine at Barclays Bank. Singh then turned right into Warwick Road and reversed the Nissan Primera back towards the bank to pick up his fare.
"It was a distance of more than 30 metres, while looking over his shoulder and with both hands on the wheel.
"He did so at speed, and as he reversed he completely failed to see the two ladies who were crossing the road."
CCTV footage showed the two pensioners had got more than half way across the road and the Primera hit them without braking.
Mrs Bartlett suffered a serious head injury and died in hospital two days later without regaining consciousness. Mrs Mitchell, aged 82, was also badly injured.
Gurdeep Singh Garcha, defending Singh, said: "He is aware he will lose his liberty and go to prison, which will not only punish him, but his wife and child will also suffer for what was one monetary lapse in an otherwise decent life."
He said that although Singh, a father-of-two with no previous convictions, did have a daytime job, he was not tired and had only recently started his shift as a private hire driver.
Jailing Singh and banning him from driving for three years, Judge Richard Bray said: "You reversed at some speed down the main road over a distance of 30 metres, and failed to keep an eye out for people crossing the road."