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Driver jailed over fatal Birmingham collision

A driver who killed his girlfriend after speeding away from police at more than 70mph in Birmingham has been jailed for over nine years today (Wednesday 16 Oct).

Adrian Paskin fled from officers in his Ford Fiesta after being spotted on the M6 on the evening of Saturday 17 August.

Adrian Paskin
Adrian Paskin

His vehicle had already being involved in a police pursuit earlier that day which was abandoned by officers due to his dangerous driving.

After leaving the motorway, Paskin realised he was being followed and made off at speed.

He drove on pavements in excess of 70mph and ran two red lights. The pursuit was again abandoned as it was considered too high risk.

Sadly within a minute of the pursuit being abandoned Paskin’s Fiesta was found on Crocketts Road, where it had collided head on with a WV Golf at the junction with Junction Road.

Paskin ran from the scene, leaving his girlfriend, 28-year-old Sarah Handley, in the back of the car. Tragically Sarah died shortly after in hospital from head injuries sustained in the collision.

The three people in the WV Golf all received hospital treatment for minor injuries.

Six hours after the collision Paskin handed himself in to police and was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving.

The 35-year-old of no fixed address pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He was today given a 14 year sentence reduced to nine years and four months for his guilty plea at Birmingham Crown Court. 

The force’s Professional Standards Department was informed as well as the Independent Office for Police Conduct, as is normal procedure in a collision where a police vehicle is involved, who are conducting an investigation. 

Sergeant Dean Caswell, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This is such a tragic case, Sarah was a much-loved mother, daughter, sister and aunty. She was taken in such horrific circumstances and my sympathy remains with her family at this extremely difficult time.

"Paskin’s behaviour was persistently dangerous on two occasions on that day, the judge describing it as a deliberate act. He showed no regard for the law or the safety of his girlfriend and other road users, and his dangerous actions lead to Sarah’s death."

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