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Coventry man jailed for dangerous driving after killing toddler

|News, Driving offences

An uninsured driver, who was speeding at almost twice the limit when he killed a toddler and seriously wounded his mother, has been jailed.

Abid Mohmood, 41, of Webster Street, Coventry, was imprisoned for seven years and two months today (Friday 29 November) at Warwick Crown Court.

He was sentenced for causing the death of the two-year-old by dangerous driving and causing serious injury to his mother, Hawa Akhalwaya, by dangerous driving.

He was also jailed for causing death by driving while uninsured and he was disqualified from driving for six years and seven months.

Mohmood, a married father, was speeding at 59mph in a 30mph road, when he ploughed his car into the toddler and his mother.

Hawa and her children had left a relative’s address and were standing on Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry waiting to cross the road to where their car was parked.

As they attempted to cross the road, Hawa and her son were stuck by the Volkswagen Bora driven by Mohmood.

They suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital, where sadly, the toddler died.

The other children were physically not hurt.

Mohmood, who remained on the scene after the collision, originally denied all three counts against him but later changed his plea and was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court today.

Jason Corden-Bowen from the CPS said: “Despite denying this offence, Mohmood never put forward a case other than to say he did not think his driving was dangerous.

“He only changed his plea on the day of trial, adding to the pain he has already inflicted on Hawa and her family.

“The loss they have described is heart-wrenching and our thoughts are with them all at this time.”

Notes to editors

  • Abid Mohmood (DOB: 04/10/78) admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death by driving whilst uninsured.
  • Sentence details:
    • Causing death by dangerous driving, contrary to section 1 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 - seven years and two months' imprisonment;
    • Causing serious injury by dangerous driving, contrary to section 1A of the Road Traffic Act 1988 - three years concurrent
    • Causing death by driving whilst uninsured, contrary to section 3ZB - 12 months concurrent
    • Total sentence: seven years two months' imprisonment
  • Hawa Akhalwaya suffered serious injuries including bleed to brain; spinal, pelvis and rib fracture; and fractures to both arms and legs
  • Mohmood remained at the scene of the collision and provided a negative drugs test and negative breath test. He was not in possession of a mobile phone at the time of the collision
  • Jason Corden-Bowen is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands.

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