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Man on death-drive charge.

A 47-year-old man was appearing in court today charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a grandmother was killed.

Pamela Phinn, 48, died instantly in South Shields, while her daughter-in-law Kelly Laws, 29, and two grandchildren were also injured in the road horror.

Paul Wales, of Liverpool, was appearing before South Tyneside Magistrates. He is also charged with robbery, criminal damage and two traffic offences.

Mrs Phinn was walking with Ms Laws and her grandchildren Dean Phinn, 18 months, and Mia, seven months, who were being pushed in a double-buggy.

All four were in collision with a silver Honda Civic car which was being pursued by police as it turned a sharp bend into Horsley Hill Road on Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Phinn's sister, Diane Dalton, had moments earlier reported to police that she had been "carjacked" around a mile away.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has begun an investigation, supported by neighbouring Durham Police.

Ms Laws was in a poorly but stable condition in South Tyneside General Hospital, while her children were "progressing reasonably well".
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 13, 2006
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