Driver convicted for causing death by careless driving

11/03/2016

A motorist, who blanked out behind the wheel of his car which then ploughed into a parked car, killing one of its occupants, has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to eight months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and disqualified from driving for three years, after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by careless driving.

On 20 June 2015, Sajid Hussain, aged 36, was driving his Volkswagen Polo along Oakham Road, which is a residential road, heading towards Dudley.

The defendant's car has suddenly veered to the offside of the carriageway and has struck the victim's stationary car head on resulting in Mr Hinton being thrown away from the car as he was putting his child in the back seat.

The emergency services were quickly on the scene and the injured were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Mr Hinton died the same day from his injuries.

The defendant was arrested and later pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Heath Westerman, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Due to the holy month of Ramadan, Sajid Hussain's last meal and drink was nearly 12 hours before the crash and although he claimed he had sufficient sleep, this was broken sleep due to him waking up early in the morning to break his fast. 

"These factors would have played their parts when he blanked out behind the wheel of his car which resulted in his car veering across the road and colliding with devastating effect into Mr Hinton's parked car.

"This prosecution highlights the dangers of getting behind the wheel of a vehicle when you are unfit or you have not had enough sleep. We therefore urge all drivers to be mindful of their wellbeing before making a decision to drive a vehicle as you are not only putting yourself in danger, but other road users too.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Hinton."