Driver jailed for causing death on A41 by dangerous driving

07/07/2017

A motorist who drove on the wrong side of the A41 in Shropshire resulting in a head on crash with another car, has today been jailed to 18 months imprisonment at Shrewsbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

In the early hours of 24 January 2016, Mohammed Lachu Miah, 35, was the driver of a Toyota Yaris heading southbound on the A41 from Newport, where he worked, back to the West Midlands. In the car with him were three of his work colleagues.

Heading northbound on the A41 was 29-year-old Mark Ward who was the driver of a Mini Cooper.

As Ward approached Tong, he came across a lorry and he began to conduct an overtaking manoeuvre. Once he had passed the lorry, Ward failed to move back to the correct side of the road resulting in a head on collision with the victim's car.

Emergency services were called and Mr Miah was pronounced dead at the scene. The passengers in the Yaris all suffered various degrees of injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The defendant was arrested and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Lesley Milner, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Mark Ward initially claimed that as he overtook the lorry, his arm seized up which prevented him from manoeuvring his car back to the correct side of the road, however, he later accepted his responsibility for the collision which resulted in the death of Mohammed Lachu Miah and serious injuries to the victim’s passengers who were travelling with him.

"Our thoughts are with the family of Mr Miah and his friends and colleagues."