A teenage from Birmingham has been jailed after crashing into a van while on the wrong side of the road killing a 17-year old passenger.
Hammad Amin who is now aged 18 and of Coventry Road, Small Heath, was sentenced to six years in a young offender’s institute at Birmingham Crown Court and banned from the road for eight years.
Amin then 17, was speeding at 80mph in residential areas failing to stop for police who were alerted that the VW Golf he was driving was stolen.
After an initial pursuit through Sheldon he went through a red light and nearly hit a pedestrian.
The vehicle was spotted on the A4040 Church Road where it mounted the central reservation to get away from police.
The car travelled the wrong way down the dual carriageway where it hit a Mercedes Sprinter van.
Amin attempted to flee the scene but he was promptly arrested in a nearby park.
The passenger who was in the back of the car suffered a serious head injury, and sadly died soon after.
Amin pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the force’s serious collision investigation unit, said: “Amin had a choice to stop that day. Instead he chose to deliberately drive in a dangerous and reckless way which tragically resulted in the death of a young man.
“Given his sheer disregard for other road users this could have been even worse with more fatalities.
“Following the collision he thought nothing for the welfare of anyone involved and tried to leave the area leaving his friend to die.
“However, we were able to arrest him quickly and ensure he faced the consequences of his actions by serving time in custody.”