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Yardley hit-and-run: Man jailed over woman's death

2013-03-20 21:01:24

Nathan Teague

A man has been jailed for 40 months for causing the death of a Birmingham woman in a hit-and-run crash.

Alice Lucas, from Sheldon, was crossing the Coventry Road, Yardley, on 16 February when the accident occurred.

The 80-year-old suffered "multiple serious injuries" in the crash, West Midlands Ambulance Service said.

Nathaniel Teague, 26, of no fixed address, had previously pleaded guilty to eight charges, including causing death by dangerous driving.

He was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday and disqualified from driving for three years. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

The 26-year-old failed to stop at the scene of the incident and the car he had been driving was later found dumped in Olton, Solihull.

He handed himself in at a police station later in the day.

'Family devastated'

During an earlier hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court, Teague also pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, causing death by driving a vehicle without a licence, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident.

PC Stuart Thorpe, from West Midlands Police, said: "This was a tragic case where an elderly lady has lost her life and a family has been left devastated by a moment of dangerous driving.

"Thankfully, the person responsible has saved the family the time and pain of enduring a lengthy court process, and he has admitted all of his actions which culminated in Mrs Lucas' death.

"We hope that the family can take some comfort in today's sentencing."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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