Driver Who Left Coventry Pensioner For Dead Is Jailed

16 August 2018, 18:04 | Updated: 16 August 2018, 18:06

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A driver who mowed down a pensioner in Coventry and claimed the damage to his car was caused by someone throwing items at his windscreen has been jailed for four years.

Brian Durham was walking home with a friend after an evening playing dominoes at Parkstone Working Men’s Club.

Mr Durham was crossing Foleshill Road, when he was hit by a car which failed to stop.

Emergency services were called, but Mr Durham was pronounced dead a short time later.

Minutes after Mr Durham died, driver Parminder Bagri, age 28, called police to report damage to his Volkswagen Golf.

He claimed someone had thrown items at his windscreen while he was driving.

Officers went to Bagri’s home the following morning to investigate his call and noticed plastic sheet taped across the windscreen and damage to a headlight and bumper.

Parminder Bagri smashed into 83-year-old Brian Durham as he was walking home from an evening playing dominoes at around 10pm on December 21 last year, West Midlands Police said.

After leaving Parkstone Working Men's Club in Coventry, Mr Durham started crossing Foleshill Road, when he was hit by a car which failed to stop.

Minutes after Mr Durham was pronounced dead, 28-year-old Bagri called police to report damage to his Volkswagen Golf.

He claimed someone had thrown items at his windscreen while he was driving.

Officers attended Bagri's home and found a plastic sheet taped across the windscreen and damage to a headlight and bumper.

He was arrested for causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of the accident and, after his car was forensically examined, a bag of cannabis was found.

At Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday, Bagri, of Exhall Green, Coventry, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and possession of a class B drug.

Sergeant Alan Wood, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Durham, who sadly died after a night out with friends.

"I hope that Bagri takes this time to reflect on the devastating consequences that his dangerous driving has caused.

"Failing to stop and offer assistance at the scene of the collision and then creating a fictitious report to the police were the actions of a coward."