Driver jailed for four years for causing the death of two sisters

11/02/2016

A 35-year-old motorist has today been sentenced to four years imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years at Birmingham Crown Court after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing the death of two young sisters by dangerous driving and seriously injuring their mother and two siblings as they crossed a road in Handsworth.

On Sunday 21 June 2015, seven-year-old Lily Wu and her six-year-old sister, Shelly Xin Wu were walking with their mother and two siblings along Grove Lane as they headed to their Chinese language class.

The family approached a crossing facility whilst a bus had stopped at the nearby bus stop. The family began to cross the road and were nearly at the central reservation when they were struck by a Seat Leon car which was being driven by Michael Junior at speed as he overtook the stationary bus.

All of the family sustained serious injuries and received medical treatment. Lily Wu and Shelley Xin Wu both died as a result of their injuries that afternoon.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This prosecution highlights the consequences of travelling at speed. Michael Junior was travelling at 47 mph when the speed limit was 30mph, through a residential area, overtaking a bus.

"As a result of his dangerous driving, two young girls have lost their lives and three members of their family were left with serious injuries.

"Our thoughts are today with the family."