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Quinton hit-and-run death driver Omar Tariq jailed

Peter Price Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Peter Price was declared dead at the scene

A speeding driver who knocked down and killed a man in a hit-and-run has been jailed for three years.

Uninsured Omar Tariq, 31, was travelling at 61mph in a Mercedes E250 convertible in a 40mph zone when he hit Peter Price, police said.

He drove off after the crash, in Quinton, West Midlands, before stopping further down the road.

Tariq, from Stourbridge, admitted causing death by dangerous driving last month.

The vehicle was a courtesy car loaned to his 23-year-old girlfriend Parvinder Ubhi, also from Stourbridge, after an accident.

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Although she was a passenger at the time of the crash in November 2014, she told police she was driving.

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Omar Tariq was travelling at 61mph in a 40mph zone, police said

She pleaded guilty at Sandwell Magistrates' Court last August to permitting the use of the vehicle without valid insurance and obstructing the police by falsely claiming she was driving.

In police interviews, Tariq said he had been driving towards Birmingham to collect his two sisters from work and told officers he "wasn't...doing ridiculous speeds".

But police said witnesses proved he had been travelling in excess of the speed limit for a considerable time prior to hitting Mr Price.

Mr Price had been on his way home from a night out with friends when he was hit.

Despite attempts by passers-by, police and paramedics, he died at the scene as a result of multiple serious injuries, police said.

After the collision, police said Tariq "failed to stop and rather than help, drove a further third of a mile before pulling on to Birch Lane and calling the police".

Speaking after Tariq was jailed for three years and four months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday, Mr Price's father Bob Harrison said it had been a "long and very difficult" 15 months.

"The loss of Peter has been devastating to all who knew and loved him," he said.

"Pete was a fantastic guy and will always be sorely missed."

Tariq, of Denton Road, was also disqualified from driving for five years.

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