Driver who killed grandmother in Edgbaston collision jailed
A man who fled the scene of a collision and lied about being carjacked after killing a woman has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving.
Nathaniel Matthews, of Tile Cross Road in Birmingham, struck Baljit Kaur with his blue Volkswagen Golf car after she’d stepped off a bus in Edgbaston on Saturday 22 December 2018.
Mrs Kaur had been travelling on a bus along Bristol Road at around 3.35pm. She got off and started to cross the road but a Volkswagen Golf which had been travelling behind the bus, overtook it at speed, just as Mrs Kaur also stepped into the road.
She was struck by Matthews’ car and he drove off. Tragically, nothing could be done to save the 65-year-old grandmother’s life.
About five minutes later, security employee Matthews called police and pretended that his car had been carjacked on Umberslade Road, near to Kings Heath High Street.
His car was found at about 4pm that day by officers on Summer Road and enquiries, along with quick-time CCTV checks, led investigators to Matthews. He was found just a few hundred yards away from where the car had been left and arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
When taken into custody, his phone was examined showing his movements and proving he’d lied.
At the time of her death, Mrs Kaur’s family released a statement in tribute to her: “On the 22 December 2018 at approximately 3.25pm, our family lost my beloved wife Baljit Kaur who was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister.
“We ask for our time to grieve privately and thank all well-wishers and those who helped at the scene."
37-year-old Matthews pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice at Birmingham Crown Court on 24 January.
Today (20 February) he was sentenced to five years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving, with a further 18 months to run consecutively for perverting the course of justice.
He's also been disqualified from driving for nine years and three months and will be subject to an extended re-test if he reapplies for a licence.