A man has been jailed for the death of a 24-year-old man in a two-car collision in Birmingham. Sami Azizi, 22, was driving along a street in Lozells and East Handsworth at speed on July 31, 2021 when the incident took place.
He was driving on New John Street West when he went through a red light at the junction of Summer Lane. He collided with a Mercedes that had gone through a green light causing both cars to spin and collide into street furniture.
A 24-year-old man who was a passenger in the Mercedes died while another 24-year-old man continues to recover from the collision after suffering life changing injuries. Azizi was arrested at the scene and was later charged with causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.
At Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday (January 4) the 22-year-old was sentenced to eight years in prison and banned from driving for nine years.
DC Gina Scott from the West Midlands Police Serious Collision Investigation Team, said: “Azizi ruined the lives of two people and their families that night when he chose to drive dangerously and not stop at a red light.
“The occupants from the other car had enjoyed a night out and were returning home when this tragic incident took place. Azizi’s driving and disregard for other road users’ safety has caused unimaginable pain for the family of the man who died and left another with life changing injuries.
“The sentence can never bring the young man back, but I hope this sentence brings justice to his family.”