A MAN who caused the death of an Ilkley pensioner by driving dangerously has been jailed for more than three years.

Billy Horsfall, aged 25, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court today after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. He was jailed for three years four months and given a driving ban for three years and eight months.

Horsfall, of no fixed abode, was the driver of a silver Vauxhall Astra which was in collision with a Honda Jazz in Common Road, Low Moor, Bradford, on 24 February last year.

The passenger in the Jazz was 68-year-old Jane Floweth, of Ilkley. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital, where she died a few days later.

Horsfall fled the scene and was arrested a few days later after enquiries suggested that he was driving the vehicle, which just minutes before the collision had overtaken traffic at speed as it travelled along the A641 Huddersfield Road.

Sergeant Alison Webb, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We would like to express our sympathies to Jane’s family, who suffered a sudden and tragic loss because of Horsfall’s reckless actions.

“This should serve as a reminder to us all of what can happen when a vehicle is driven unsafely and without regard for other road users.”

A full report of today's court proceedings will follow shortly. These are the initial details supplied by West Yorkshire Police.