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Woman jailed over Birmingham hit and run

A Birmingham woman is beginning a two-year prison sentence after a hit and run, which left a man hospitalised for seven weeks with serious head injuries.

Micaela Hepburn (pictured) was behind the wheel of a blue VW Beetle, driving through Lozells in January when she went through a red light, hitting 48-year-old Andrew Wallace as he crossed the road.

Micaela Hepburn

Hepburn, of Wight Croft, Smith’s Wood, made no effort to stop the car and drove off from the scene, at the junction of Heathfield Road and Villa Road, leaving Mr Wallace lying in the road with life changing injuries.

He suffered a bleed on the brain and a fractured skull, the effects of which he will continue to live with for some time. 

Officers from the force’s Collision Investigation Unit launched an investigation to find the car and driver responsible and released a photograph of the blue ‘Y’ reg Beetle involved a few days later. Two weeks after the collision, as a result of the public appeal, the car was found in Erdington and subsequent enquiries led officers to Hepburn who was arrested and later charged with the offences.

As they pieced together the circumstances of the collision, investigating officers uncovered evidence that the unemployed 29-year-old had used the Beetle to fill up with fuel and drive off, a few days before the collision, at a petrol station in Stechford.

She subsequently pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision, failing to report a road traffic collision and two counts of making off without payment.

Hepburn appeared before Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (6 December) where she was sentenced to two years imprisonment and was handed a four year disqualification from driving.

DC Claire Byrne, from the force Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This collision has had a life changing effect on Mr Wallace and his family, we wish him well for the future. 

“We welcome the sentence, which will give Micaela Hepburn the time to contemplate the consequences of her actions. I would like to thank the members of public who assisted with this investigation, your support is appreciated.

“Mr Wallace and his family wish to thank the members of public who stopped to help on that night, the ambulance service, staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and police officers who have all supported them through this ordeal."