Speeding shop assistant, 21, racing home from drug deal while high on cannabis knocked over and killed pensioner, 73, as she crossed road 

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A cannabis-intoxicated shop assistant was driving home from a drug deal in a stolen car when she hit and killed a pensioner crossing the road.

21-year-old Hivda Altuntop fled the spot where she dropped Penelope Kogan, 73, but fell into a ditch half a mile away, where she was arrested by police.

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Mrs Cogan’s GP son, Michael, who worked in a nearby surgery, ran outside to perform CPR but was sadly unable to save her.

Altuntop denied causing the death by dangerous driving due to insanity, arguing that she was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia at the time.

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Hivda Altuntop, 21, fled the spot where she had dropped Penelope Kogan, 73, but fell into a ditch half a mile away, where she was arrested by police.

But after a trial yesterday, he was convicted of five offenses on each count by an 11-to-one majority.

Speaking later, Mrs Cogan’s widower, Richard, described her as ‘a delightful person and mother, always happy, selfless, charming, considerate and insightful’.

He added: ‘Penny was a very special woman, so missed by all of us and our friends.’

Altuntop took his mother’s silver Vauxhall Astra without permission on April 24 last year and drove with a kitchen knife from Dovercourt in Essex to Colchester to buy cannabis, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

She had overtaken a car and was driving at 38 mph on a 30 mph road when she hit Mrs Cogan, a retired babysitter without brakes, sending her 20 yards into the air.

Altuntop kept driving with a broken windscreen reaching 50mph, but crashed into a ditch.

Speaking later, Mrs Cogan's widower, Richard, described her as 'a delightful person and mother, always happy, selfless, charming, considerate and insightful'.  He added: 'Penny was a very special woman, so missed by all of us and our friends'

Speaking later, Mrs Cogan’s widower, Richard, described her as ‘a delightful person and mother, always happy, selfless, charming, considerate and insightful’. He added: ‘Penny was a very special woman, so missed by all of us and our friends’

He told a witness to ‘f*** off’ when they saw him climb out the car window and rush to him for help.

Prosecutor Caroline Gardiner said: ‘Mrs Cogan’s son was rushed into surgery and had CPR but there was nothing that could be done to save his life.

‘He died at the scene from the devastating injuries he sustained.’

Altuntop was seen by a group of motorists driving dangerously on both legs of her journey, including one who had to swerve as she drove towards him and another who overtook on a blind summit .

A police officer also observed the defendant forcing other vehicles to pull over, but as he turned his marked vehicle out of sight.

He later receives a call to attend a road accident and is directed to the scene of the destruction that Altuntop has left in its wake.

At the hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries, Altuntop laughed uncontrollably and said she was hungry.

He was later taken to a police station where a test revealed he had marijuana in his system. He admitted smoking a joint.

Three psychiatrists testified during the trial – two for the defense and one for the prosecution.

All agreed that Altuntop was not diagnosed with schizophrenia at the time of the accident, but the prosecution expert said that this did not mean that she was unaware of the consequences and seriousness of her actions.

Altuntop showed no emotion as he was convicted yesterday of causing death by dangerous driving, serious vehicle taking, dangerous driving, possession of cannabis and having an article with a blade or point after the jury deliberated for nine hours.

He was also found guilty by a majority of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer and possessing a blade article after an incident last month.

On that occasion she again took her mother’s car without consent and drove dangerously in Colchester and London, at one point crashing into a van.

Altuntop will be sentenced next month.

Speeding shop assistant, 21, racing home from drug deal while high on cannabis knocked over and killed pensioner, 73, as she crossed road 

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