Victim would have survived if car was travelling at speed limit
A 31-year-old man from Stourbridge, whose reckless driving resulted in the death of an innocent civilian last year, has this week been sentenced to three years, four months in prison.
Omar Tariq pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Wolverhampton Crown Court after his white Mercedes convertible car struck and killed 39-year-old Peter Price on 29th November 2015.
Tariq was travelling at 61mph in what was a 40mph speed zone when the collision took place, a black box fitted to the vehicle has revealed.
This information, combined with an analysis of the scene by specialist crash investigators from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, showed that customer service agent, Tariq, would have been able to stop the car in time had he been travelling within the speed limit.
Despite the best efforts of passers-by, police officers and medics, Mr Price died at the scene as a result of his multiple serious injuries.
Tariq had not been permitted nor insured to drive the car which was a courtesy car loaned to his 23-year-old girlfriend, also from Stourbridge following an accident.
In addition to the jail term handed down by Wolverhampton Crown Court he was also disqualified from driving for five years. His ban will start at the end of his prison sentence.
His girlfriend, Parvinder Ubhi, 23, a health and safety officer of Jardine Close, was also prosecuted for permitting use of the vehicle without valid insurance and obstructing the police in their execution of their duty by falsely claiming she was driving.
Speaking after the hearing, Peter’s father Bob Harrison said the following on behalf of his family: “It has been a long and very difficult fifteen months. The loss of Peter has been devastating to all who knew and loved him.
“Pete was a fantastic guy and will always be sorely missed.
“We would like to thank all of the police and officials who have had contact with us through this time we have found their conduct to be exemplary.”
Sergeant Adam Green, from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, added: “It is clear from the statement provided by his family that Peter was a much loved man who is greatly missed. Omar Tariq’s actions have meant that the rest of their lives will be spent without him.
“The simple fact is that speed kills. People who speed may think that this would never happen to them, but clearly, in Tariq’s case it did and the devastation caused is irreparable.”