Yet again streets of West Midlands have witnessed a hit and run accident. The latest, in Bromford Road, Hodge Hill involved an elderly couple in a green Toyota Corolla which collided with a black Honda Prelude being driven by an Asian youth in his mid 20’s.
As members of public rushed to scene to try and help out, young man, around 5’9” in height, wearing jeans and a T- shirt, escaped from his own vehicle and made off before emergency services arrived. It is thought that he was also injured but local hospital checks would indicate that he has not been treated at a local hospital. This latest hit and run accident has left an elderly person dead and another man in his 70s in hospital with injuries. Both people have not yet been named.
Over New Year a similar hit and run accident killed a married couple in Hockley when their Ford Fiesta was hit by a Mercedes from which two men were observed running from scene.
The fact of matter is, Birmingham, like many other towns and cities across UK has a high percentage of uninsured vehicles. Many of these are also untaxed and unregistered and without an MOT. This does not take into account any drink driving related offences which are also a contributing factor to hit and run accidents.
When driver of such a vehicle becomes involved in an accident tendency is to take cowardly approach as an alternative to facing up to their responsibility - and they run. With little or no regard for safety of their victims, these despicable people often escape prosecution or detection and just fade away into obscurity. Even if they are caught, punishment seldom fits crime and penalty for leaving scene of an accident is almost encouragement in itself to try and avoid being caught.