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Driver Kirpal Sokhi jailed over fatal Shirley crash

Kirpal Sokhi Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Kirpal Sokhi was driving a Range Rover which crashed into a van, leaving one man dead

A man whose driving caused the death a grandfather and injured a young boy has been jailed for five years.

Kirpal Sokhi was behind the wheel of a Range Rover which hit a Vauxhall Astra van in Bills Lane, Shirley, in Solihull.

The van driver, 59-year-old Stephen Beckett, died at the scene and his nine-year-old grandson was left seriously injured, police said.

Sokhi, 19, admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Image caption The crash happened on Bills Lane, Shirley, in August

West Midlands Police said Sokhi, of Tetley Road, Hall Green, was driving at speeds of 80pmh in a 30mph zone, without the owner's consent and without insurance, when the crash happened on 17 August last year.

Speaking after the case at Birmingham Crown Court, Sgt Adam Green said the teenager had shown "a complete disregard for his passenger and other road users."

"Tragically, Mr Beckett and his family suffered the consequences of Sokhi's actions and they will now have to live with what he has done for the rest of their lives," he said.

Sokhi was disqualified from driving for six years and will then have to sit an extended re-test.

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