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Shammas Rehman jailed for pregnant mum's death in Small Heath

Shammas Rehman Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Shammas Rehman admitted causing causing death by careless driving and was banned from driving for over two years

A driver has been jailed for a year for knocking over and killing a pregnant mother and her unborn child.

Shammas Rehman's BMW mounted a kerb in Heybarnes Lane, Birmingham, and hit the woman and two children in 2013.

The woman died at the scene. A four-year-old suffered serious injuries and a one-year-old sustained minor injuries.

Rehman, 24, admitted causing death by careless driving and was banned from driving for two years and six months.

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Rehman, from Charles Road, Small Heath, was given a reduced sentence - down from 18 months to 12 - on Tuesday for his early guilty plea over the crash in September 2013, police said.

Road safety charity Brake said it was "an appalling case" that had caused devastation to the woman's family.

A spokesperson said: "This is a wholly inadequate sentence to hand down to a driver who was travelling without due care and at an inappropriate speed, causing the death of a mother and her unborn child.

"Judges need to hand out appropriately tough punishments, using the full range of their sentencing powers."

Collision investigator Sgt Paul Hughes said: "No sentence can undo such a tragedy − there are no winners here.

"A family has lost a wife and mother, along with the child she was carrying.

"Our thoughts remain with them as they continue to bear their loss."

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