Banned driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driver

06/10/2015

A disqualified driver who pleaded guilty to causing the death of Adam Hancox by dangerous driving has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 10 years imprisonment and disqualified from driving for seven years.

Kasim Mohammed, aged 26, from Smethwick, Warley was banned in February 2013 for 18 months for a previous offence of dangerous driving.

However, on the morning of 23 November 2014, the defendant was driving a VW Passat motor vehicle along the Wolverhampton Road (A4123) in Oldbury, which is a dual carriageway and has a speed limit of 40 mph.

As his car approached the junction of Wolverhampton Road and Bleakhouse Road at speed, the traffic lights changed to red, but Mohammed drove through the red light which resulted in a fatal collision with a Ford Ka motor vehicle which was being driven by Adam Hancox.

The collision killed Mr Hancox immediately and also left the defendant's passenger injured. Mohammed ran away from the scene of the crash, but he was followed by witnesses and restrained until the police arrived who arrested him.

He was charged and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen and driving whilst disqualified.

Andy Gee, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: 

"Due to a previous motoring offence, Kasim Mohammed had been banned from driving for 18 months. Aware of this, he still got behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and drove at nearly double the speed which was set on the Wolverhampton Road.

"As he approached a traffic light controlled junction, rather than stop at the red lights, he sped through the junction which resulted in his vehicle colliding with a car which was being driven by Adam Hancox.

"Rather than seek medical assistance for Mr Hancox and a passenger in his own vehicle, Mohammed fled the scene, but he was followed by members of the public who witnessed the collision and they apprehended him until the police arrived.

"Mohammed will now have to deal with the consequences of his actions.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Adam Hancox."