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Woman jailed after pedestrian killed in Birmingham collision

A Northampton woman who ran a red light killing a pedestrian has been jailed. 

Ruth Pahla, failed to stop at red traffic light on the Chester Road in Castle Bromwich, striking a 53-year-old woman who was at a pedestrian crossing in October 2018. 

The woman, whose family requested not be named, received serious head injuries following the impact of the collision and sadly died in hospital six days later. 

Although forensic reconstruction proved the Audi A3 which Pahla was driving, was travelling under the speed limit, the traffic lights had been on red for at least three seconds prior to her going through them. 

The 25-year-old, of Fairhurst Way, Northampton pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Birmingham Crown Court in January, and has today, (27 February) been jailed for two years and four months and will be disqualified from driving for five years and four months on her release. 

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A woman tragically lost her life at the hands of Pahla, but I hope the fact that she accepted responsibly and pleaded guilty will provide some comfort to the victim’s family. 

 “Traffic lights are there for a reason and I hope this case shows the importance of respecting road signs and becoming aware of upcoming traffic signals." 

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