Birmingham man who fled the scene of a collision and lied about being carjacked pleads guilty

A Birmingham man who fled the scene of a collision and lied about being carjacked has pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving.

Nathaniel Matthews from Tile Cross struck Baljit Kaur with his blue VW Golf after she had stepped off a bus in Edgbaston on Saturday 22 December 2018.

Mrs Kaur had been travelling on a bus along Bristol Road at around 3.35pm. She alighted off the bus and started to cross the road when the car being driven by Matthews’, who was travelling behind the bus, overtook the bus at speed just as Mrs Kaur stepped into the road.

Mrs Kaur was struck by Matthews’ car and he drove off from the scene. Sadly nothing could be done to save the 65-year-old grandmother’s life.

About five minutes later Matthews called the police and pretended that his car had been carjacked on Umberslade Road, near to Kings Heath High Street.

His car was found at about 4pm that day by officers on Summer Road and enquiries, along with with CCTV checks led investigators to Matthews. He was found just a few hundred yards away from where the car had been left and arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

When taken into custody, his phone was examined showing his movements and proving he’d lied.

At the time of her death, Mrs Kaur’s family released a statement in tribute to her: “On the 22 December 2018 at approximately 3.25pm, our family lost my beloved wife Baljit Kaur who was a devoted mother, grandmother and sister.

“We ask for our time to grieve privately and thank all well-wishers and those who helped at the scene.”

At Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (24/01), 37-year-old Matthews pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.

He was bailed for sentencing on Thursday 20 February. Matthews was handed an interim driving disqualification.