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WATCH: Street racers who tore through Shirley streets jailed

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Solihull Editorial 29th Mar, 2021   0

DANGEROUS street racers who caused a tragic collision in Shirley and left a man seriously injured have been jailed.

James-Jay Walters, Daniel Tandy and Jack Coyne were racing at twice the speed limit in a 30mph zone along Stratford Road when Walters ploughed into the innocent driver who was going around Porcelanosa roundabout.

Morgan Cotterill, a passenger in one of the cars, was also sentenced after attempting to cover up who one of the drivers was.

The family of the injured man gave West Midlands Police permission to release footage and images of the shocking collision which happened on on July 18, 2019.

The victim, a man in his 60s, was using a roundabout when one of the cars being raced smashed into his vehicle, causing a huge crash and leaving him with injuries he is still recovering from.

Forensic collision investigators examined CCTV footage which concluded that moments before the collision, Walters was travelling at a speed of between 63mph and 75mph and that he travelled across the roundabout at a speed of 62mph.

Footage from a series of cameras traced from around 1.4 miles before the collision clearly showed the Fiesta, driven by Walters, the BMW, driven by Tandy, and the Audi A1, driven by Coyne, overtaking each other and members of the public many times.

Daniel Tandy, aged 23, from Highters Road, Highters Heath, Jack Coyne, aged 18, from Sisefield Road, Kings Norton, James Walters, aged 18, from Gorleston Road, Yardley Wood all pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

James-Jay Walters and Daniel Tandy have been jailed for 18 months and 20 months respectively for causing serious injury by dangerous driving

Jack Coyne has been jailed for three years. He was sentenced for several other offences as well as causing serious injury by dangerous driving, including aggravated and attempted theft.

Morgan Cotterill, aged 19, from Jervoise Drive, Northfield was given a six-month sentence for perverting for course of justice, which was suspended for 18 months.

PC Anneka Morgan, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: “The excess speed and the sheer dangerousness of the driving demonstrated by all three drivers in this case is totally unacceptable. The consequences of what happened that night are simply tragic and have left a man with life-changing injuries.

“These young men were egging each other along while driving recklessly. Despite only one car being involved in the physical collision, we’ve been able to prove that their joint actions meant they were all culpable.

“An innocent man has been left with horrific injuries from which he will never completely recover.

“These photos show the aftermath of the collision.

“Our message is clear, driving like this is dangerous and illegal.”

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