Motorist facing prison after causing woman’s death

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A DANGEROUS driver who raced another motorist along a busy city road causing the death of a Sheffield teaching assistant is facing a jail term after he was found guilty of causing the smash.

June Bryce-Stephen, aged 56, was killed when her Nissan Micra was hit by 23-year-old Adam Cox’s silver Honda Civic last March.

Simon Chevens, 42, of Wood Close, Chapeltown, was racing Cox in his orange Ford Focus seconds before the collision on Halifax Road, Wadsley Bridge.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the pair were speeding, weaving in and out of traffic and following each other bumper to bumper.

After the horrific smash, Chevens fled the scene. He had only passed his driving test 10 days beforehand.

Jurors took just over two hours to find Chevens guilty by unanimous verdict of causing death by dangerous driving.

Cox, of Oldfield Road, Stannington, admitted the same charge at an earlier hearing.

Following the verdict, June’s daughter Joanne Capille, 39, told The Star she was ‘very relieved’ Chevens had been convicted.

She said: “I’m relieved that the right verdict has been reached. We just hope it stops someone else doing the same thing and killing someone like this.”

Joanne said Chevens should have had the ‘wisdom and maturity’ not to race Cox.

Witnesses said the cars were travelling at up to 70mph before the fatal collision.

The speed limit in the area is 40mph.

Chevens claimed he was driving normally, and flashed at Cox ‘to let him know he was stupid’.

Chevens was remanded in custody overnight and he and Cox were due to be sentenced this morning.