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Speeding driver jailed after toddler died in Coventry collision

A speeding driver who killed a young boy and badly injured his mother after ploughing into them in Coventry has been jailed.

Abid Mohmood left two-year-old Umar Akhalwaya with serious, multiple injuries after hitting him on Stoney Stanton Road on 8 April last year.

Umar was crossing the road with his 34-year-old mother at the time and sadly died shortly after his arrival at hospital.

His mum received treatment for many months and continues to recover from the effects of the life-changing evening.

Mohmood stopped at the scene and in subsequent police interviews denied speeding and driving dangerously.

However the Serious Collision Investigation Unit were able to establish Mohmood was travelling in his Volkswagen Bora at 58mph in a 30mph limit, just 75 metres before the collision.

The 40-year-old admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving with no insurance at Warwick Justice Centre.

Abid Mohmood
Abid Mohmood, aged 34

Mohmood, of Webster Street, Coventry, was yesterday (29 November) sentenced to seven years and two months and disqualified from driving for three years. On release from prison he will also need to take a longer extended driving test in order to get his licence back.

An emotional victim impact statement, read in court on behalf of Umar’s mother said, “Words cannot do justice to the pain I feel on a daily basis, not being able to hear the laughter of my beloved baby Umar, his snuggling into my arms and calling me mummy. He is a part of me which I have lost forever.

“The immense impact of this tragic incident has left me disabled for life, and my family emotionally scarred.

“Two weeks after the funeral as I opened my eyes for the first, a tidal wave of grief swept over me as my family broke the devastating news of my baby. All I wanted to do was curl up and cry, but with my injuries I could only stare up at the ceiling and let tears flow from my eyes.

“I can bare and learn to cope with the significantly reduced quality of life, but the intense desolation I feel for the loss of my beloved Umar.

“Only a mother knows how deep and painful the wounds inflicted from losing her child are, yet the depth of scars and chronic pain remain a persistent reminder of such a tragic ordeal."

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This was a tragic case where a young boy with so much to live for had his life ripped away from him.

"There were three other young family members there at the time who, although fortunately not hit by the car, will forever carry the horrors of what they saw that evening with them.

"Umar’s mother could also have been killed at the hands of Mohmood’s reckless and illegal driving. This conviction will never compensate for the devastation of what happened but we can only hope it provides some small comfort for Umar’s family."

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