Hit-and-run driver, 28, who killed 13-year-old boy in Birmingham, only stopped when other drivers chased her
A speeding hit-and-run driver who killed a 13-year-old boy in a pelican crossing and only stopped after two other drivers chased her for over a mile has been jailed for three years.
Mahwise Rani, 28, bumped into Mason O’Grady while driving between 60 and 70 mph on Chester Road in Erdington, Birmingham, at a speed limit of 40 mph.
Mason suffered a catastrophic head injury after being thrown 25 meters on the dual carriageway after Rani’s Volkswagen Polo hit him.
Last year he was on a walk with his family during the first lockdown on Easter Sunday.
Mahwise Rani (pictured), 28, bumped into Mason O’Grady on a 60-70mph ride on Chester Road in Erdington, Birmingham, at a limit of 40mph
Birmingham Crown Court learned that Rani, who had taken an ‘unnecessary’ trip from Nottingham to see a friend, had taken a Volkswagen Golf, with the driver estimated to have traveled between 60 and 70 mph.
As the family began to cross the dual carriageway, the lights turned green and Mason stopped to tie his shoe.
He then rushed to try and catch up with his mother, stepfather and 11-year-old sister.
Rani turned to her right to avoid Mason’s family, but hit him.
The schoolboy was thrown on the windshield, smashed him and was thrown about 25 meters forward, suffering a catastrophic head injury.
Deborah Gould, the prosecutor, said there was no evidence that Rani was braking and she drove off, chased by two drivers.
Mason (pictured) suffered catastrophic head injury after being thrown 25 meters on dual carriageway after Rani’s Volkswagen Polo hit him
One flashed his lights and got right behind her bumper and she didn’t stop until he got in front of her.
Miss Gould said, “His mother made an effort to save his life. He was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where he suffered cardiac arrest. ‘
Rani, from Nottingham, had previously pleaded guilty to causing death from dangerous driving. She was jailed for three years and banned from the road for five and a half years.
In a statement, Hayley O’Grady, Mason’s mother, said: “ Since that day my life has changed forever.
Birmingham Crown Court overheard Rani (pictured), who had taken an ‘unnecessary’ trip to travel from Nottingham to Birmingham to see a friend, was undertaking a Volkswagen Golf, which the driver estimated to have had between 60 and 70 mph driven.
‘My beautiful boy has been taken from me. I will not get the chance to watch him grow up as a man. ‘
His sister said: “He was a warm person who found the good in everyone. He had everything going for him in life. He had excellent grades. ‘
Judge Paul Farrer QC said the verdict, saying to Rani, ‘You moved sharply to the right to give them (the family) room and with that you moved to Mason.
‘If you had driven at a safe speed and stayed on runway 1, the collision would not have occurred.
“You drove off and stopped only because you were being chased and brought to a stop by other motorists. They deserve credit.
In a statement, Hayley O’Grady, Mason’s mother, said: “ Since that day my life has changed forever. This was an unnecessary trip to see a friend amid the Covid pandemic ‘
This was an unnecessary trip to see a friend in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
“Mason was a smart 13-year-old boy who had his whole life ahead of him.”
The judge said it had been an aggravating trait that the boy’s family had witnessed the aftermath.
John O’Higgins, defensively, said, “She was driving home to Nottingham from Birmingham.
She was driving a free car. She had no reason to hurry. She was driving too fast but cannot explain why. She should have slowed down.
She can’t help but explain her failure to quit in shock or panic. She’s devastated what she’s done. She is loved by her friends and family for her kind deeds and generosity. ‘