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Driver who killed roofer by forcing van off road jailed

A driver who killed another motorist when he rammed into the back of his van has been jailed for eight years.

Andre Thomas was driving at 63mph when he smashed into the back of  the vehicle being driven by Daniel Blount on Kingstanding Road, Kingstanding, on April 25, causing it to crash into the central reservation.

Andre Thomas
Andre Thomas has been jailed for eight years

Three men were trapped in the van when it hit the tree. Daniel, aged 31, died from multiple serious injuries.

Both passengers were seriously hurt in the crash; one continues to suffer with substantial brain damage.

Damage to the van
The van sustained substantial damage

Thomas, 26, of Cradley Croft, Handsworth, fled the scene, but later pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was acquitted of murder, manslaughter and wounding by a jury on Monday afternoon (3 December) following a three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

During the trial the court heard there had been an altercation between the four men outside the Golden Hind pub on Kingstanding Road minutes before the crash.

Daniel Blount
Daniel Blount died of multiple serious injuries

Daniel and his two friends were chased at speed by Thomas as they tried to flee, resulting in the crash on Kingstanding Road.

As well as being jailed yesterday (4 December), Thomas has been disqualified from driving for 11 years and five months.

Speaking shortly after Daniel’s death, his family said: “Our lives will never be the same without him.”