Motorist jailed for causing death on Broad Street by dangerous driving

24/10/2014

A newly qualified driver has today been jailed to five years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Birmingham Crown Court to causing the death by dangerous driving of a man in the entertainment district of the city last year.

In the early hours of Sunday 15 December 2013, Joseph O'Reilly, aged 22, was trying to hail a taxi home following a night out with friends on Board Street in Birmingham.

Heading in the same direction where the victim was trying to get a taxi was the defendant, Fahid Saber, aged 22, who was driving his VW Polo, above the speed limit along a single carriageway and following another vehicle too closely.

As Mr O'Reilly stepped into the carriageway to hail a taxi, Saber's car collided with the victim inflicting serious injuries. 

Mr O'Reilly was taken to the City Hospital, but the medical team were unable to save his life.

Saber was arrested a few hours later and charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He was also charged and plead guilty to a further charge of dangerous driving, for leaving the scene of the collision and driving some distance with his car in dangerous condition due to the damage caused by the collision with Mr O'Reilly.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Fahid Saber had only passed his driving test a few months before this fatal incident. He was an inexperienced driver who that night was driving his car along Broad Street at nearly double the set speed limit, so when Joseph O'Reilly stepped on to the road, Saber was unable to conduct a safe evasive manoeuvre and instead his car collided with the victim.

"We hope that this prosecution highlights the possible consequences when a motorist drives above the recommended speed limit. Such speed limits are set for a reason and drivers should obey by them at all times.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr O'Reilly."