Uninsured driver jailed for six years for fatal road traffic accident

15/09/2014

An uninsured driver, who crashed a high performance Audi into another car, killing its passenger, has today been jailed for six years at Birmingham Crown Court after he had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving.

The Court heard how on 26 August 2013, 25-year-old Saqib Hussain from Acocks Green was driving an Audi R8, which had been hired out by a friend. Aware that he was not insured to drive this car, he still took the vehicle onto the public highway, along with a passenger, and was driving at speed along Shaftmoor Road heading towards Stratford Road.

Mary Ryan was driving her Ford Fiesta and in the passenger seat was her sister, Noreen Ryan. They were heading along Reddings Lane and around 11.30pm, as they approached the junction with Shaftmoor Road, the Audi R8 driven by Hussain crashed into the Ford Fiesta.

Having checked on the conditions of the victims, the defendant and his passenger then left the crash site.

The emergency services attended the scene and made attempts to resuscitate Noreen Ryan, but she passed away at the crash site. Mary Ryan was taken to hospital for treatment on several serious injuries which she had sustained.

A police investigation calculated that before the impact, Hussain had been driving at speeds of no less than 76mph - over twice the speed limit, and at the time of impact his speed was 56mph.

A few hours after the fatal collision, Hussain surrendered himself to the police and he was later charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving whilst uninsured, failing to stop after an accident and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty to all these charges.

Robin Allen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Saqib Hussain's actions that evening demonstrated little regard for the safety of other road users. He drove at excessive speeds along a residential road, at night, in a high performance car which he was not insured to drive.

"Aware of these factors, he continued to drive aggressively and failed to adjust his driving to meet the potential hazards at the cross road ahead.

"As he approached the junction he saw the Ford Fiesta ahead of him, however, due to the speed the vehicle was travelling at he was unable to conduct a controlled and safe evasive manoeuvre and instead collided with some considerable force with Mary Ryan's car.

"The consequences of his driving were that one person was dead, two were seriously injured and he himself has today been jailed for six years."