Jailed: Hit and run killer was street racing moments before tragedy
A hit-and-run killer who mowed down a man while racing another car has been jailed for six years after we evidenced his reckless driving.
Orlando Bundy was speeding at close to 60mph on a 30mph stretch of Allesley Old Road in Earlsdon, Coventry, on the evening of 7 October 2018 before he struck Adeel Gul.
Mr Gul was catapulted into the air and suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries. The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene just a few paces from his front door.
Bundy sped away from the crash and tried hiding his damaged VW Golf GTD under a tarpaulin in a private car park off Valley Road in the Stoke area of the city.
However, a public appeal to trace the driver and his car prompted residents to call in their suspicions about the covered car that had been abandoned.
We seized the vehicle and on 10 October Bundy, from Trentham Road in Hillfields, handed himself in to police accompanied by a solicitor.
The 22-year-old denied driving dangerously even though our officers secured contradictory CCTV and witness statements telling how he was tearing along the road racing another car.
And he initially suggested the unknown second car, a dark coloured saloon, had struck Mr Gul and sent him hurtling onto the bonnet of his VW Golf.
However, one of our crash reconstruction specialists disproved that claim and calculated Bundy was driving at 59mph moments before the impact - and had been travelling between 41 and 50mph when he struck the victim.
Bundy denied causing death by dangerous driving but was found unanimously guilty by a jury at Leamington Justice Centre. And on Thursday (13 Feb) he was jailed for six years.
PC Stuart Thorpe from our Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “The standard of Bundy’s driving was appalling and a tragedy waiting to happen. Mr Gul was crossing the road to his front door when he was struck. He would most likely not have appreciated how fast the approaching car was going.
“Bundy claimed he panicked and drove away but in reality he knew he was in serious trouble and had likely taken someone’s life through his reckless actions.
“I can only hope the outcome will provide some comfort to Mr Gul’s family although I know no sentence will ever compensate for their loss."