Man Jailed for Killing Grandfather with Stolen Car

A 20-year-old man from Birmingham has received a prison sentence after hitting a grandfather with a stolen car, resulting in his death.

"this is some of the worst driving I have seen in a long time."

Raihan Ahmed, aged 20, of Birmingham, has been jailed for three years and eight months after he hit a grandfather with a stolen car in a fatal collision.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Ahmed had been driving a stolen Ford Focus with false registration plates when he collided with 61-year-old Ghulam Nabi.

Ahmed was found to be speeding down Great Barr Street in the Digbeth area of Birmingham at more than 50mph in a 20mph zone on August 29, 2021.

Recovered CCTV footage showed the car taking off from the ground due to the speed as Ahmed drove over a small bridge.

He then lost control of the vehicle after it landed before striking Nabi who had been walking along the pavement.

The former bus driver and father-of-four had been making his way to work that day.

Ghulam Nabi suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead as a result of the incident.

Ahmed had failed to stop at the scene and later abandoned the car.

West Midlands Police immediately launched a manhunt to trace him, releasing CCTV images to the public in an attempt to help identify him.

Ahmed was arrested just over 12 hours later as a result of the response to the police appeal.

Ahmed pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Temporary Detective Inspector Paul Hughes, from West Midlands Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“Mr Nabi was a totally innocent party in this matter and as a pedestrian, he should have been afforded safety on the pavement.

“It is always a difficult decision to release footage from such tragic cases, however, this is some of the worst driving I have seen in a long time.

“Ahmed was driving at such a speed on a public road and in a specifically restricted speed limit, that the loss of control on the bridge resulted in all four wheels leaving the road surface.

“By releasing this footage with the support of Mr Nabi’s family, I hope that it will make people think again about their driving and the responsibility they carry when driving a motor vehicle.

“A split-second decision can mean the difference between life or death.”

At Birmingham Crown Court, Raihan Ahmed was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison.

He was also banned from driving for four years and 10 months.

Naina is a journalist interested in Scottish Asian news. She enjoys reading, karate and independent cinema. Her motto is "Live like others don't so you can live like others won't."

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