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Man jailed for Joshua McAuley death crash in Smethwick

Mahamed Salam
Image caption Police said Salam drove in a "dangerous manner on a busy road"

A man has been jailed for six years for killing a 15-year-old boy when his car crashed into a West Midlands shop.

Mahamed Salam, 29, of Kendrick House, West Bromwich was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Thursday.

Jehovah's Witness Joshua McAuley went to hospital and is believed to have required a blood transfusion, which was declined for religious reasons.

He died after the car left the road in Cape Hill, Smethwick, in May last year.

'Trapped by shop'

Insp Mark Watkins, of West Midlands Police, said: "Salam drove in a dangerous manner on a busy main road on a Saturday morning and Joshua's death was a direct consequence of Salam's dangerous driving.

"His actions were made all the worse by his failure to stop at the scene.

"The sentence imposed by the courts reflects the serious nature of his crime."

At Joshua's inquest last June, coroner Robin Balmain said the student, of Church Road, Smethwick, had been trapped between a Vauxhall Astra and the shop.

The teenager had surgery at Birmingham's Selly Oak Hospital after suffering severe leg injuries.

The coroner said he was told Joshua required a blood transfusion but, due to being a Jehovah's Witness, this option was declined.

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