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Hit-and-run driver jailed

A hit-and-run driver has been jailed after leaving a pedestrian with life-changing injuries following a collision in West Bromwich.

Stanislavas Jurgo struck the 56-year-old man as he was crossing Dudley Street at just after midnight on 22 September last year.

Jurgo
Stanislavas Jurgo

Jurgo, who had been driving at between 40mph and 47mph in the 20mph zone, did briefly stop at the scene but then drove away.

His victim, who suffered multiple fractures, spent four months in hospital being treated for his injuries.

Officers identified Jurgo’s silver Honda Civic after trawling CCTV footage from the scene and found the car, still damaged from the collision, parked outside his home.

Jurgo, of Richmond Aston Drive, Tipton was today (Friday 22 May) sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to a 30-month prison term. 

The 33-year-old had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no licence, no insurance and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to complete an extended re-test. 

Sergeant Dean Caswell, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Tragically a man was seriously hurt in this collision and is still, eight months later, recovering and rehabilitating at home.

"While we are pleased Jurgo pleaded guilty and spared his victim the further trauma of a trial, this case shows that we will do all we can to find those who try to avoid justice."

Following the sentencing the victim’s family, said: “We would like to thank West Midlands Police for all the hard work they put into tracing the offender and bringing him to justice, despite his attempts to evade capture.

"We understand that the sentence given is in line with the offence, however it seems inadequate given that our father has suffered life-changing injuries from which he will never recover.

"We would also like to express our gratitude to the staff at the QE Hospital for their wonderful care and treatment that saved our father’s 

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