Shikeo Bell: teenager who caused the death of a moped rider while driving a stolen car in Manchester jailed

Shikeo Bell chased moped rider Carl Dawson through the streets of north Manchester and caused a fatal collision, police have said.
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A teenager who chased a moped rider through the streets of north Manchester and caused a fatal collision has been jailed. Shikeo Bell, 19, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday (10 May) after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Police said CCTV footage showed Bell, who was just 17 at the time, at the wheel of a stolen SEAT Leon chasing moped rider Carl Dawson in September 2021. At times Bell was just a few metres behind Carl and he hit his back wheel on Hillier Street in Harpurhey.

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Carl, who was 43 and from Moston, was thrown from his moped and sustained a fatal head injury. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have said they still do not know why the chase began.

In total Bell was sentenced to more than seven years in prison. He was jailed for five years and eight months for causing death by dangerous driving and was also banned from the road for eight years, with the judge saying he will serve two years on extended licence.

In addition, Bell received a further 18 months in jail after also pleading guilty to several robberies, possession of a blade and fraud.

What have police said about Shikeo Bell being jailed?

Detective Constable Helen Hitchen, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is a very sad case and our thoughts are with Carl’s family, and I can only hope today’s sentence brings some closure.

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“We will probably never know why the chase that cost Carl his life started but it’s clear that Bell’s reckless and dangerous actions have resulted in the fatal collision.

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“Bell continued to make no comment in interview despite forensic evidence linking him the stolen car, and didn’t admit his crimes for almost 18 months, eventually pleading guilty in March 2023.

“GMP will not allow the safety of our roads to be threatened by dangerous drivers, and appropriate action will always be taken when offences are committed.”