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Roads ban for speeding driver involved in fatal crash

18/05/2017

A speeding motorist has been banned from driving following a crash in Birmingham last year that resulted in the death of a teenager.

Stephan Russell, from Wood Lane in Streetly, was behind the wheel of a Kia Rio just after midnight on 16 September when he struck 18-year-old Daniel Horton who was riding his mountain bike in the road.

West Midlands Police collision investigators were able to show Russell was driving at 44 miles per hour along Chester Road in Streetly - a stretch of road with a 30mph limit - at the point of impact.

The 26-year-old admitted speeding and at Walsall Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday 17 May) was given a nine-month disqualification, six penalty points and a total of £465 in fines and costs.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the Collision Investigation unit said: "This has been an extremely complex investigation and following lengthy consultation with the CPS these charges were brought. 

“I fully understand some people may question the nature of the charges…it was a tough decision for all those involved but given the evidence that was available this was the most appropriate charge. 

“It is a tragic incident where a much-loved teenager has lost his life. 

“No sentence will ever bring Daniel back and I would like to thank his family for their support through this traumatic time. My thoughts remain with them as they try come to terms with their loss."