A speeding hit-and-run motorist drove away after killing a boy of 13 on a pelican crossing – and only stopped after two other drivers chased her for more than a mile.
Mason O’Grady suffered catastrophic head injuries after being thrown 85ft along a dual carriageway by Mahwise Rani’s Volkswagen Polo. He died despite desperate attempts by his mother to save his life.
He was walking with his family during the first covid lockdown on Easter Sunday last year, April 12, when he was hit by the car in Chester Road, Erdington, which has a 40mph limit.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Rani – who was making an “unnecessary” journey to see a friend – undertook a Volkswagen Golf, with the driver estimating she had been travelling at between 60 and 70mph.
As the family started to cross the dual carriageway the lights were on green and Mason stopped to tie up his shoe.
He then hurried to try to catch up with his mother, stepfather and 11-year-old sister. Rani swerved to her right to avoid Mason’s family but struck him.
The schoolboy was thrown on to the windscreen, shattering it, and flung forward about 85ft, suffering a catastrophic head injury.
Deborah Gould, prosecuting, said there was no evidence of Rani breaking and she drove off pursued by two motorists.
One flashed his lights and got right behind her bumper and she only stopped after he got in front of her.
Miss Gould said: “Efforts were made by his mother to save his life. He was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he went into cardiac arrest.”
Rani, 28, of Osborne Street, Nottingham, had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. She was jailed for three years and banned from the roads for five-and-a-half years.
In a a statement Hayley O’Grady, Mason’s mother, said “Since that day my life has changed for ever.
“My beautiful boy has been taken away from me.
“I will not have the opportunity to see him grow up as a man.”
While his sister said: “He was a warm-hearted person who found good in everyone. He had everything going for him in his life. He had excellent grades.”
Passing sentence, Judge Paul Farrer QC told Rani: “You moved sharply to your right in order to give them (the family) room and in doing so you moved towards Mason.
“Had you been driving at a safe speed and stayed in lane one the collision would not have occurred.
“You drove away and you only stopped because you were pursued and brought to a halt by other motorists. They are to be commended
“This was an unnecessary journey in order to see a friend in the midst of the Covid pandemic.
“Mason was a bright 13-year-old boy who had the whole of his life ahead of him.”
The judge said it had been an aggravating feature that the boy’s family had witnessed the aftermath.
John O’Higgins, defending, said “She was driving home to Nottingham from Birmingham
“She was driving a courtesy car. She had no reason to hurry.
“She drove too fast but can not explain why. She should have slowed down.
“She can not explain her failure to stop other than shock or panic.
“She is devastated by what she has done. She is much loved by her friends and family for acts of kindness and generosity of spirit.”