Sydney driver sentenced in accident that killed five-year-old girl at crosswalk

A man charged with dangerous driving after fatally hitting a young girl walking with her mother on a pedestrian crossing in western Sydney has been acquitted by a jury.

Abel Elias Lopez, 63, faced a criminal case in Parramatta District Court last week after beating Taylor Maddock and her five-year-old daughter Alannah Sobolewski at 7.15pm on March 17, 2021 in Plumpton.

Charged with dangerous driving, causing death and serious bodily harm, he was found not guilty by a jury on Friday.

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Lopez was driving his Toyota Tarago van home from a Bible study when he collided with the mother and child at the intersection of Rooty Hill Road North.

Late one cloudy day, Maddock and Alannah had bought pizza from a nearby Domino’s and were heading home.

Alannah and her mother. Credit: 7NEWS
Alannah later wanted to be a zoo keeper. Credit: 7NEWS

Alannah was taken to Westmead Hospital but died later that evening.

Her mother suffered serious leg, hip and back injuries that required surgery and multiple hospital visits. The 27-year-old appeared in court demanding a walker to get around.

Lopez argued that he slowed before the crosswalk but did not see the mother or child because of the dim light, the clothes they were wearing and the glare of oncoming traffic.

At the hearing before Judge Andrew Colefax, the jury also heard that the floodlights over the pedestrian crossing were not working.

Crown prosecutors unsuccessfully argued that Lopez failed to look out properly and approached the pedestrian crossing at a 40 mph speed limit.

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James Brien

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