Hit and run death driver jailed

A hit-and-run driver who killed a pedestrian after ploughing into him on the pavement has been jailed for more than four years.

Jordan Edwards was speeding at 73mph in a 30mph zone just moments before hitting the 53-year-old pedestrian in Cradley Road, Netherton, on 6 November last year.

Edwards, aged 22, careered into Gary Wroblewski, who was walking down the street, after failing to stop at a give-way junction.

He abandoned the Seat Ibiza after the collision and fled the scene – offering no assistance to Mr Wroblewski who died from his injuries.

Edwards – who had not passed his driving test – only handed himself into police in February after pressure from his family.

He initially claimed a fault with the car was to blame for the collision; but an assessment carried out as part of the investigation showed no defects.

Edwards, of Salop Street, Dudley, pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four years and nine months at Wolverhampton Crown Court. He was also disqualified from driving for six years.

PC Chris Ridge, from West Midlands Police collision investigation unit, said: “Mr Wroblewski was an innocent victim of this reckless driving.

“Edwards has never passed a driving test, and did not have any insurance, but still chose to drive the Seat at over double the speed limit.

“He cowardly fled from the scene and only came forward four months after the collision due to pressure from his family.

“During police interview he stated that there must have been something wrong with the steering and brakes on the Seat which caused the crash. However, a vehicle examiner found the Seat was in good mechanical order with no defects.

“He showed a complete disregard for others and left a devastated family still trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.”

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