Uninsured driver is found guilty of death by careless driving

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A 27-year-old motorist has been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court after being found guilty of death by careless driving.

On 7 January 2016, 32-year-old Andrew Watt had been socialising with friends. As the night concluded the victim, for no apparent reason, decided to lay across the southbound lane of Hollybank Road.

Around 4am, Peter Hughes was driving a VW Bora that he was not insured to drive and he was en route to his girlfriend’s house which took him along Hollybank Road. As he came across the victim, who was still in the middle of the road, he drove over Mr Watt’s body without braking and continued his journey.

A mile away from the incident, the defendant then abandoned the car and disposed of the keys.

Witnesses called the emergency services after the incident, and police discovered the defendant’s car registration plate further down the road. Following a media appeal, Hughes handed himself in the following day and was interviewed and charged.

On Friday 21st July he was found guilty of death by careless driving and has been sentenced to a two-year community order, ordered to complete 240 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for four years.

Paul Reid, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

“Peter Hughes has lied throughout this prosecution case in order to hide the fact that he ran over and killed Mr Watt.

“The defendant failed to stop after the collision, he failed to call for assistance for the victim and he failed to immediately report the matter to the police. Instead, Hughes took steps to hide his crime in order to avoid justice.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Watt.”