Man jailed for causing Erdington woman's crash death

Image source, West Midlands Police
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Tomas Marcinkus initially left the scene but was found a few days later

A man has been jailed for 12 months for causing the death of a woman in a car crash.

Claire Mackenzie, 35, was found collapsed in Sutton New Road, Erdington, Birmingham, early on 11 November 2016. She died at the scene.

Tomas Marcinkus, 29, of Second Avenue, Low Hill, Wolverhampton, was found guilty of causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

A charge of causing death by dangerous driving was dropped.

Marcinkus has also been disqualified from driving for two years and will have to take an extended test.

In a statement released after sentencing, West Midlands Police said Marcinkus, a delivery driver, was lighting a cigarette when he hit Ms MacKenzie and that he "had not realised there was a person on the road".

Image source, Family handout
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Claire McKenzie died at the scene of the crash in Erdington

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