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Birmingham Man Jailed Following Collision with a Pensioner

A Birmingham man has been sentenced to three years in jail following a collision with a pensioner in Sutton Coldfield.


Gurpreet Sandhu, 27, of Church Lane, Handsworth, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after hitting Horace Downes, 91, while driving 56mph in a 30mph zone in heavy rain in November last year.


Sergeant Adam Green, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said:


"Gurpreet Sandhu was late for work on the day of the collision. He drove at twice the speed limit in heavy rain, in an area where the likelihood of pedestrians being present was high.


"He showed a complete disregard for the safety of other road users. As a result he has now been imprisoned and will have to live with the consequences of his actions. He was also disqualified from driving for seven years."


Mr Downes, who was taken to hospital immediately after the collision with a head injury, died early this year of infection after being readmitted to hospital.


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