Dangerous Audi driver lost control in '108mph Nechells crash' killing teen passenger

Jailed: Muhammed Waqas
-Credit: (Image: WMP)

A man whose dangerous driving culminated in a fatal collision last year has been jailed. Muhammed Waqas was at the wheel of an Audi SQ5 when he crashed into a tree on Nechells Parkway's central reservation on May 1 last year.

Waqas was uninsured and driving between 102 and 108mph in a 40mph zone when he lost control of the car. The crash impact tragically killed his 19-year-old passenger who was confirmed dead at the scene.

The dangerous driver, of Dolphin Road, Birmingham, was sentenced to eight years behind bars after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving while uninsured. He was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, May 31.

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Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes of West Midlands Police said: "Tragically, a young man lost his life as a result of Waqas's dangerous actions on the road last year. Our forensic investigators were able to calculate that Waqas was driving at speeds between 102 and 108mph just prior to the bend.

"Nechells Parkway has a 40mph speed limit and at those speeds the vehicle was never going to negotiate the bend. Those types of speed are totally unacceptable on any of our roads.

“Excessive speed is one of the most common factors in the tragic incidents my team and I deal with, in particular with young drivers like Waqas. While he has deservedly been locked up for his actions, our thoughts remain with the family of the 19-year-old man, whose family have lost a son.

"This whole tragedy was totally avoidable and we need drivers to think about their decisions and realise that in a split second those decisions can result in the loss of a life.”