Driver guilty of killing elderly woman

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A DRIVER who killed an elderly woman and seriously injured his teenage son in a crash in Perth has been found guilty of dangerous driving causing death.

James Murray went on trial in the District Court of WA, claiming the 2017 crash in Bedford that cost the life of 85-year-old Mary Lillian Rigby was caused by catastrophic mechanical failure.

Prosecutors said Murray, who was also charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, was speeding up to 103km/h in a 60km/h zone before the collision.

The crash occurred after he attempted to overtake another vehicle by passing through a narrow gap in traffic on a damp road, then lost control.

His BMW crossed a median strip into the other lane, colliding with Ms Rigby’s Holden before mounting the kerb and hitting a brick fence in front of a house.

He was found guilty of both charges on Thursday after about two hours of jury deliberations.

Murray was released on bail ahead of his sentencing hearing in November but must not drive in the metropolitan area unless for a family medical emergency.

He is allowed to drive in the Pilbara for work purposes.

Judge Gillian Braddock said she was confident Murray would abide by those conditions and warned a term of imprisonment was likely.