TWO people have received suspended sentences after their careless driving caused the death of a pedestrian.

Bilal Waheed had already admitted to causing the death of 49-year-old Radhika Gurung in December 2016.

Shareen Chowdhury, 27, of Western Road, Reading, was convicted after trial for the same offence, with both receiving a three-year driving ban.

The collision happened on Arnold Road, Woking, at around 8.45pm.

A blue Peugeot, driven by Chowdhury, and a BMW, driven by Waheed, were involved in a collision at the junction causing the Peugeot to mount the pavement and collide with Mrs Gurung as she was walking past.

Waheed, 28, of Princess Road, Woking, was driving at 49mph in a 30mph zone when the collision occurred.

Sergeant Eddie Ryan, from Surrey Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mrs Gurung, who had walked this way many times before and happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time on the night she died.

“Although the sentences handed out today cannot bring her back, or make up for her death, I hope that at least it will give some comfort to her loved ones.

“Even driving a few miles over the speed limit can mean the difference between life and death. Waheed had less time to stop when Chowdhury pulled out unexpectedly from the junction. If he had been driving within the speed limit, Mrs Gurung’s death might have been avoided.

"Both Waheed and Chowdhury will have to live with the emotional consequences of their careless driving for the rest of their lives.

“Please stick to the speed limits – they are there for a reason.”

Waheed was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, and was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a surcharge of £140.

Chowdhury, was sentenced to six months' imprisonment suspended for 18 months, a home curfew of three months, 140 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay a victim's surcharge of £115.