Speeding motorist jailed for causing death of teenager

15/07/2016

A 26-year-old driver from Bordesley Green has today been sentenced to six years imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years at Birmingham Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of a teenager by dangerous driving.

On 16 October 215, Anton Lewis, who had been smoking cannabis that evening, was the driver of a Peugeot 206cc and was driving at speed along Stechford Road in Hodge Hill.

In the passenger seat was 14-year-old Kane Balogun.

As the defendant drove through a residential area, which is governed by a 30mph speed limit, Lewis was driving at over twice the speed limit.

He tried to complete an overtaking manoeuvre along Stechford Road, but he lost control of the car which then crossed onto the opposite carriageway and collided with a tree.

The defendant managed to get out of the car and tried to get his passenger out of the car, but failing to do so, he fled the scene of the crash.

The emergency services arrived but the victim died from his injuries.

Police investigators examined the car and found a nail embedded in the rear nearside tyre which had resulted in the tyre pressure being low. Analysis of the crash site also concluded that Lewis was driving at 74mph before the impact. 

The defendant was later arrested at his home address. He was charged with and pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road accident and driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drugs.

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

"This prosecution highlights the consequences of speeding, taking drugs and failing to check the condition of your vehicle before you set off on your journey.

"Anton Lewis had smoked cannabis before he got behind the wheel of his car, this would have affected his judgement. He failed to notice that the pressure in one of his tyres was low and he failed to stick to the speed limit and was driving at over twice the speed limit.

"The end result of all this was Lewis losing control of his car which then collided with a tree, killing his young passenger Kane Balogun. Rather than wait for the emergency services, the defendant fled the scene of the crash and ran off home where he was eventually arrested.

"Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Kane Balogun."