Coventry men jailed for non-stop fatal collision
Two Coventry men have been jailed for causing the death of a pedestrian after mounting a curb in a stolen car.
The pair threatened a man who was parked on Gordon Street with a knife, punched him and stole his Chevrolet Captiva. They drove off without headlights, travelling along the Coventry ring road onto Barras Lane, before mounting the curb and striking 38-year-old Leigh Price.
The two men failed to stop at the scene and after crashing on Radford Circle moments later, abandoned the car and fled on foot.
Mr Price was taken to hospital, but sadly nothing could be done to save him and he died later from his injuries. The man from the stolen car received minor injuries.
Within days Jason Harris and Gerry Fawkner handed themselves in to local police.
Harris, age 27 of Cheveral Avenue, Coventry was found to have been driving the car, with 24-year-old Fawkner of Almond Tree Avenue, Coventry, as passenger.
On Friday (7 December) at Coventry Crown Court, both were sentenced, having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing. Harris was jailed for 10 years: five years and nine months for death by dangerous driving, four years for robbery and three months for possession of an offensive weapon. He was also disqualified from driving for 11 years and will have to sit an extensive test before getting behind the wheel again.
Fawkner was jailed for five years and four months for robbery and six months for possession of an offensive weapon.
Mr Price’s family have previously paid tribute to their loving father, brother, nephew and cousin. They said: “Leigh’s death has come as a huge shock to us all and we are devastated.”
Detective Constable Alex Rippin, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident where a man was simply walking home and sadly lost his life.
“Although this result will never bring him back, we hope it brings some justice to Leigh’s family.”