A banned speeding driver who hit and killed a much-loved Birmingham grandmother and then fled the scene has been jailed.

Amaan Isa struck 80-year-old Irshad Begum as she tried to cross Washwood Heath Road on 5 April this year.

The 28-year-old banned driver from Erdington claimed he was not wearing his glasses at the time of the fatal collision.

Isa then callously drove off in the VW Golf before abandoning the vehicle in a car park around half-a-mile away.

Witnesses – including an off duty PC – believed Isa was travelling well in excess of the 30mph speed limit on the Birmingham route.

Amaan Isa struck 80-year-old Irshad Begum as she tried to cross Washwood Heath Road in AprilWMP
Speeding driver Amaan Isa has been jailed for the horrific death of a much-loved grandmother

Isa later told police officers he took a relative’s car without consent and claimed he was not wearing his glasses and failed to see Mrs Begum. He believed he was travelling at around 40mph and panicked after hitting the pedestrian.

Forensic examination of CCTV revealed that Isa was travelling at 56mph at the point of collision.

Isa also pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, being behind the wheel while disqualified and having no insurance.

He was jailed for six years and eight months at Birmingham Crown Court today (14 June).

A tragic hit-and-run accident involving a woman took place in Washwood HeathSupplied
The scene of the fatal hit-and-run accident in Washwood Heath

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: “Our thoughts remain with Mrs Begum’s family who’ve lost a loved one in tragic circumstances.

“Isa knew he had struck a pedestrian at speed but rather than stop and try to help, he fled the area as quick as possible.

“He must have felt a huge amount of guilt and at least by handing himself in, and accepting his actions, he has saved Mrs Begum’s family further prolonged pain.”

80-year-old Irshad Begum was tragically struck along Washwood Heath Road just before 4.40pm on Tuesday 5 AprilWMP / IAB
80-year-old Irshad Begum was tragically struck along Washwood Heath Road just before 4.40pm on Tuesday 5 April

Mrs Begum’s family issued a moving tribute to her: “Our mother was caring, loving and always had time for others. She was always putting a smile on the face of others and always had so much love to give.

“She touched the hearts of so many individuals and she will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her loving personality.

“It is a huge loss for us and the community. She will be missed by everyone but she will continue to live in our hearts and we will cherish the memories we have had with her.

“We would like to thank everyone for their love and support, please keep our beloved mother in your prayers. ”

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