Driver Who Went 140mph With No Hands On Wheel And Hit Pensioner Is Jailed

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A motorist who ran over a pensioner also filmed himself speeding at 140mph on a motorway without his hands on the wheel.

The video was discovered by police after 38-year-old Richard Allen ploughed into an elderly lady in a horrifying hit and run.

A court heard the disqualified driver ploughed into the woman on his lunch break in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands on 12 July 2017.

Labourer Allen had zipped through the town centre’s 30-zone prior to the horrific crash. Spectators described seeing him overtaking traffic past a pedestrian crossing shortly before his collision with the 71-year-old woman.

The woman was flung in the air, suffering numerous injuries and fractures, including a broken hip. She is yet to fully recover.

Allen looked back at the woman lying in the street but decided to continue driving away from the scene, eventually leaving his bike at a mechanic’s garage nearby his home.

Unlucky for him, an eye-witness jotted down the Honda CBR’s registration number and alerted the police.

By 1pm a sniffer dog had tracked him from his home address in Chantry Avenue, Walsall, to where he was found hiding.

Following a four-day trial he was found unanimously guilty of causing serious injury through dangerous driving. Last Thursday, July 12, Allen was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court and banned from driving for a decade.

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Detective Constable Karl Davies, from West Midlands Police’s Collision Investigation Unit, said as per the Metro:

Richard Allen was a disqualified driver who shouldn’t have even been on the road, let alone driving in such a dangerous manner.

The judge described him as “a menace to decent law-abiding road users” and he left his victim lying in the road having suffered very serious injuries and multiple fractures.

He didn’t check on her or try to get her medical attention, Allen was only interested in himself, fleeing the scene and trying to cover his tracks.

However, little more than an hour later our officers tracked him from the rear of his home into thick undergrowth where he was hiding.

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He added:

Speed ruins lives but Allen is clearly a man who does not appreciate the huge responsibility for public safety that comes with driving on our roads.

He is a menace at the wheel and I hope the long prison sentence handed to him acts as a deterrent to others who may believe they can speed with impunity.

I would like to thank all the members of the public who offered assistance to the victim and the witnesses who came forward to help us secure this conviction.

Allen was disqualified from driving for two years in January 2001 and remained banned having never since taken the extended test needed to regain his licence.

Four years seems a bit generous in my opinion. This scumbag could have easily killed this innocent old woman.

Here’s hoping that half a decade drags out for as long as possible.

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