Motorist guilty of death by dangerous driving

A speeding driver who killed a woman during a hit-and-run in Birmingham has been jailed for five years – after West Midlands Police found the car he was driving chopped up in a garage unit. 

Ghufran Syaed Khan struck 61 year-old pedestrian Surinder Kaur as she tried to cross Soho Road, Handsworth, in December 2015.

Ghufran Khan jailed for causing death by dangerous driving
Ghufran Khan jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

Khan – who was travelling at more than 40mph in the 30-zone – initially stopped at the scene of the collision near the Guru Nanak temple but fled in his Vauxhall Astra before officers arrived. 

Extensive police enquiries led to the Astra being found re-sprayed and dismantled in a garage – with just the engine number left to identify the vehicle. 

Khan, aged 27, of Tetley Road, Sparkhill, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and was convicted following a week-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The provisional licence holder was sentenced to five years imprisonment and banned from the road for seven-and-a-half years on Tuesday (8 August).

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Collision Investigation Unit at West Midlands Police, said: “This has been a long extensive investigation which has ultimately seen justice prevail. 

“We secured CCTV from the scene which showed Khan initially stop and walk back towards Mrs Kaur before making a conscious decision to drive off.

“Throughout the investigation he refused to comment and explain his actions which made this a much lengthier and distressing process for Mrs Kaur’s family. 

“This verdict will not bring Mrs Kaur back; but we hope it will go at least some way to easing their pain at losing a loved-one.” 

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