Salesman, 21, kills 73-year-old pensioner in hit-and-run, cannabis-intoxicated before driving car into ditch

    Hivda Altuntop continued driving after crashing into Penelope Kogan who was crossing the road

    As a result of a hit-and-run, a shop assistant killed a pensioner who was crossing the road while intoxicated.

    21-year-old Hivda Altuntop fled the scene, where she crashed into 73-year-old Penelope Kogan, who was thrown 20 yards by the collision.


    Hivda Altuntop continued driving after crashing into Penelope Kogan who was crossing the roadAuthor: Facebook

    CCTV footage shows her speeding up to 58mph in a 30mph zone and not braking.

    Altantop of Duvercourt, Essexthen smashed it Vauxhall Astra in a ditch just half a mile from where she was arrested by cops, Chelmsford Crown court heard

    Mrs Cogan’s GP son Michael, who worked in the surgery nearby, was quick to speak CPR unfortunately, he could not save her.

    The court heard Altantop was driving home from Colchester when he met Fr hemp dealer and used country roads to avoid being caught.

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    After the crash, with a shattered windshield, Altantop continued driving, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph before crashing into a ditch.

    She told witnesses: “H**da!” when they saw her climb out of the car window and went to help.

    Altantop denies causing death by dangerous driving by reason of insanity, claiming she suffers from paranoia schizophrenia at that time.

    However, after a trial yesterday, she was found guilty of a string of offenses by a majority of 11 to one on all counts – including the incident last month.

    She was found guilty of two counts of aggravated vehicle theft, two counts of dangerous driving, two counts of possession of a knife, possession of cannabis, assaulting an ambulance officer and causing death by dangerous driving.

    Prosecutor Carolyn Gardiner said: “Mrs Coggan’s son ran out of surgery and performed CPR but nothing could be done to save her life.

    “She died from her catastrophic injuries at the scene.”

    Altantop was seen driving dangerously on both legs of her journey by a number of motorists, including one who had to swerve off the road as she drove towards him and another who was overtaken on a dead end.

    The officer also saw her force other vehicles to drive away, but lost sight of her when he turned the marked the police car around.

    He was later called to attend a traffic accident that left Altantop behind.

    Altantop was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while she laughed uncontrollably and said she was hungry.

    She was later taken to the police station, where tests showed she had marijuana in her system, and she admitted to smoking a joint.

    Three psychiatrists appeared in court – two from the defense and one from the prosecution.

    Although all three agreed Altantop had undiagnosed schizophrenia at the time of the accident, the prosecution’s expert said that did not mean she was unaware of the consequences and gravity of her actions.

    She was also found guilty by majority vote of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer and using a sharp article following the incident last month.

    This time she again took her mother’s car without consent and drove it dangerously in Colchester Londonat one point crashing into a van.

    Speaking afterwards, Mrs Coggan’s widower Richard described her as “a wonderful person and mother, always happy, selfless, attractive, thoughtful and practical”.

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    He added: “Penny was a very special woman who will be missed so much by all of us and our friends.”

    Altantop is due to be sentenced next month.

    Penelope Coggan was rushed 20 yards during a hit and run


    Penelope Coggan was rushed 20 yards during a hit and runCredit: Essex Police

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