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Driver jailed after killing baby in Smethwick crash

Mohammed Isa
Image caption Khan ran off as two-month-old Mohammed Isa lay dying in the road

A banned driver who killed a baby during a hit-and-run crash while on bail for another driving offence has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Kabir Khan, 31, ran off as two-month-old Mohammed Isa lay dying in the road after the crash in Smethwick, West Midlands, last November.

The crash happened while he was awaiting sentencing for driving at 92mph in a 30mph zone.

Khan, of Grange Road, Smethwick, admitted causing Mohammed's death.

'No remorse'

He had also admitted charges of driving while disqualified, failing to stop, failing to report an accident and driving with no insurance.

Khan had been disqualified from driving before the previous incident, during which he tried to evade police by turning off the lights of his Honda Civic.

A high-speed pursuit in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham ended when his car crashed into a roundabout.

Jailing Khan at Wolverhampton Crown Court, Judge Nicholas Webb said that after the baby's death the defendant had acted like a coward.

He told Khan: "You have shown absolutely no remorse for what you have done and this is as bad a case of causing death by careless driving as one can imagine."

'Boy racer'

David Lees, prosecuting, told the court that forensic tests showed Khan's Mitsubishi and the Toyota Mohammed was travelling in would not have collided if Khan had been obeying the speed limit.

Four adults travelling in the Toyota, including Mohammed's parents and grandfather, were badly injured in the crash, while Mohammed was thrown clear of the vehicle and died of multiple injuries in hospital.

Witnesses to the fatal accident described Khan as driving like a "boy racer", with one motorist estimating his speed at up to 80mph.

Mr Lees told the court that forensic tests established that Khan was driving the Mitsubishi at a minimum of 58mph in Grove Lane, which has a 40mph limit, when it skidded into the Toyota.

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