Driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving on A49

08/02/2017

A driver has today been jailed for three years and eight months after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of causing the death of 24-year-old Ian Wemyss by dangerous driving on the A49 in Herefordshire on 6 November 2015.

Shahram Ali, aged 28, was the driver of a Mercedes E320 and was travelling along the A49 southbound from Hereford heading home to Gloucester.

Ali was dangerously trying to overtake a convoy of lorries near the brow of a hill in the dark.

He was travelling at 60mph on the wrong side of the carriageway when he hit Mr Wemyss, who was travelling in his Ford Ka in the opposite direction, head on.

The victim had no chance of avoiding the defendant's approaching car and sadly received injuries that proved fatal. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but died three days later having never regained consciousness.

The defendant was charged with and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Shahram Ali decided to overtake a convoy of lorries when it was clearly not safe to do so.

"His indefensible decision had tragic consequences, resulting in the death of a young man who had his whole life ahead of him.

"Our thoughts are with Mr Wemyss' friends and family today."