Hit-and-run driver jailed over fatal cyclist collision
A hit-and-run driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist in Smethwick - then drove past the scene on the other side of the road minutes later - has been jailed.
Dominik Dabrowski was driving a Volkswagen van when he struck bike rider Kibreab Tewelderbrhan in Lewisham Road just before 3am on 30 October last year.
Mr Tewelderbrhan, aged 29 from Handsworth, was thrown from the bike and died from his injuries in hospital the following day.
Pictured: Mr Tewelderbrhan
Dabrowski drove off after the collision, despite the van suffering damage to the headlight. CCTV showed him doing a loop of side streets before returning onto Lewisham Street and past the scene.
Dabrowski initially told a friend, who he had rented the van from, there had been a crash where the other driver had fled. However, he was traced and arrested by police just days later before being charged over the fatal collision.
Throughout the investigation the 31-year-old, of no fixed address, denied being the driver of the van and only when presented with all of the evidence gathered by the investigation team admitted causing death by careless driving.
He was sentenced to two years in prison, reduced to 20 months for an early guilty plea, at Wolverhampton Crown Court today (Monday 17 June).
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "Mr Tewelderbrhan lost his life through no fault of his own.
"The collision caused damage to the front of the van, including the headlight, so there is little doubt Dabrowksi would have been aware of what happened.
"It is not clear what caused Dabrowski to hit the bike but CCTV showed him returning past the scene soon after and doing nothing to assist. He will have to live with the consequences of his actions as will the victim’s family who have lost a loved one."