Boy racers convicted after causing serious collision
A group of young people involved in a race on our streets which caused a tragic collision that left a man seriously injured have been jailed.
James Walters, Daniel Tandy and Jack Coyne raced along Stratford Road in Shirley on 18 July 2019 at speeds of over twice the limit. A passenger in one of the cars, Morgan Cotterill was also sentenced after attempting to cover up who one of the drivers was.
The collision occurred on a roundabout known locally as Porcelanosa roundabout.
Our forensic collision investigators examined CCTV footage which concluded that moments before the collision, Walters was travelling at a speed of between 63mph and 75mph and that he travelled across the roundabout at a speed of 62mph (in a 30mph speed limit).
CCTV of the collision clearly showed other vehicles travelling in convoy with Walters and investigators from our serious collision investigation unit (SCIU) were able to identify these vehicles and the drivers involved.
They tracked the vehicles back along the Stratford Road and were shocked by what they found.
CCTV footage from a series of cameras traced from around 1.4 miles before the collision clearly showed the Fiesta (driven by Walters), the BMW (driven by Tandy) and the Audi A1 (driven by Coyne), overtaking each other and members of the public many times.
At one point forensic examination of CCTV was able to prove that their cars passed at speeds of up to 75mph.
Daniel Tandy, aged 23, from Highters Road, Highters Heath, Jack Coyne, aged 18, from Sisefield Road, Kings Norton, James Walters, aged 18, from Gorleston Road, Yardley Wood all pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
James-Jay Walters and Daniel Tandy have been jailed for 18 months and 20 months respectively for causing serious injury by dangerous driving
Jack Coyne has been jailed for three years. He was sentenced for several other offences as well as causing serious injury by dangerous driving, including aggravated and attempted theft.
Morgan Cotterill, aged 19, from Jervoise Drive, Northfield was given a six-month sentence for perverting for course of justice, which was suspended for 18 months.
PC Anneka Morgan, from our serious collision investigation unit, said: “The excess speed and the sheer dangerousness of the driving demonstrated by all three drivers in this case is totally unacceptable. The consequences of what happened that night are simply tragic and have left a man with life-changing injuries.
“These young men were egging each other along while driving recklessly. Despite only one car being involved in the physical collision, we’ve been able to prove that their joint actions meant they were all culpable.
“An innocent man has been left with horrific injuries from which he will never completely recover. We hope that today’s sentences send a clear message that competitive racing is not acceptable. It’s dangerous and has devastating consequences. What these youngsters naively saw as fun has led to very serious repercussions.
“Our message is clear, driving like this is dangerous and illegal."
The man, who was injured in this collision, and his family, have supported us in releasing this footage and photographs in the hope that by seeing the devastating consequences this type of driving brings others will think twice.
Street racing and anti-social vehicle gatherings are a nuisance and a danger for our communities and we take the issue incredibly seriously.
We receive regular complaints from members of the public about racing and car cruising, which can attract hundreds of cars and spectators, and we have a number of injunctions in place on key arterial routes across the West Midlands.
We use Covid-19 and anti-social behaviour legislation to tackle issues including speeding, racing and driving in convoy, performing stunts and causing an obstruction on a public highway across the region.
We monitor known car cruising hotspots locations and also carry out regular operations across the force in response to concerns raised by communities.