Walsall driver jailed after killing care worker
A 20-year-old driver who killed a care worker as she crossed a road in Walsall has today been jailed for more than seven years.
Travelling at motorway speeds, CCTV footage showed Lewis Jukes hit Kulvinder Kaur as he sped along the wrong side of Cavendish Road, throwing the 52-year-old into the air before driving off.
Despite the best efforts of medical professionals, nothing could be done to save Mrs Kaur, who lived in Walsall with her husband, and she died at the scene on 12 September.
Jukes, of Providence Lane, Bloxwich, was today (15 Oct) sentenced to seven years and four months at Birmingham Crown Court. He had admitted causing death by dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, having no insurance and failing to stop after a collision.
Officers traced CCTV footage showing Jukes get into the driver's seat of a grey Peugeot 206, in a car park on the Beechdale housing estate in Walsall at about 12.30pm. The car was then seen at 1pm on Cavendish Road, travelling over the 30mph speed limit. Mrs Kaur had walked halfway across the road when she was hit by the Peugeot which was travelling on the wrong side of the road.
The Peugeot was later found abandoned in nearby Gurney Road. The court heard that four days later, on 16 September, Jukes handed himself in to police.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Jukes was driving at motorway speeds along a 30mph residential road.
"The judge at today's hearing described the speed Jukes was travelling at as 'eye-wateringly fast'.
"Excess speed in any case is never acceptable but motorway speeds like this through a residential street is nothing but despicable.
“Our thoughts remain with Mrs Kaur’s family after their tragic and unexpected loss.”