Terry Poole jailed for nine years for hit and run death


A 42-year-old man has today (12 October) been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to nine years' imprisonment, after having been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving of 81-year-old Salvadore Bongiovi on 19 April 2017.

Terry Poole held an expired provisional driving licence at the time and was driving a silver Mercedes convertible. The vehicle was displaying stolen number plates and immediately before the road traffic collision he filled up his car and made off from a fuel station without payment.

An employee inside the fuel station contacted the police and  followed Poole in his vehicle. The defendant, realising that he was being followed, made off at speed along the Lichfield Road. Witnesses reported that he hit speeds of 80-90 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone as well as overtaking several vehicles on the wrong side of the road.

The victim was crossing the road with a trolley, having delivered some groceries to a housebound friend, when Poole collided with him, spinning him in the air before throwing him to the floor. The defendant then drove off continuing with his dangerous driving before abandoning his car.

Ambulance crews attended the scene and transported the victim, who had a collapsed lung and multiple skull fractures, to The Queen Elizabeth hospital but sadly he died from the injuries sustained.

After a police search of the area, a car matching the description given by witnesses, bearing damage consistent with a collision, was located  yards from Poole's house.

Poole pleaded guilty to making off from a petrol station without paying, but not guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, seeking to lay the blame on his girlfriend who the prosecution asserted was the front seat passenger at the time. Today a jury has  found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said: "Terry Poole was driving at a dangerous speed knowing full well that he should not have been behind the wheel of the car as he did not have the appropriate driving licence or insurance. The consequences of his driving led to the tragic death of an 81-year-old man who had been helping a vulnerable friend. Throughout this prosecution, the defendant has shown little remorse for his actions.

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