A motorist has been jailed after he mowed down and killed a father who was collecting his son from school.
Sunny Gill was driving his dad’s Audi and travelling at 54mph in a 30mph zone when he collided with father-of-two David Sohal and sent him “flying through the air” in the Great Barr area of Birmingham.
Mr Sohal, 41, was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but his catastrophic injuries were deemed “unsurvivable” and he died around two weeks later.
Gill, 20, who was not insured to drive the vehicle, only stopped the speeding car after it came to rest against another parked vehicle.
Upon getting out of the car, he was heard to say “I was only going 40 wasn’t I? I wasn’t going fast it was his fault”.
A court heard that the victim’s wife, two sons and wider family have been left “destroyed” following their loss, Birmingham Live reported.
Gill, of Felstone Road, Perry Barr, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to causing death by dangerous driving and was handed a three-year jail term in addition to a driving ban of six years and six months.
Judge Heidi Kubik QC concluded Gill was travelling at a “wholly inappropriate speed outside a school”.
Mr Sohal had parked his car entirely on the pavement on Sandy Lane outside Beeches Infant School shortly after 3pm on September 28 last year when it had been raining.
Prosecutor Will Dudley stated drivers were well alerted to the presence of the school on the street by yellow warning signs and red paint on the road surface.
He told the court Mr Sohal stepped into the road when the grey Audi driven by Gill was approaching from his right. The prosecutor said: “Mr Sohal can been seen on CCTV to step into the road a few paces.
“He is seen to look to the left. He became aware of the defendant’s vehicle approaching from the right and can be seen to turn to see it. He paused momentarily before appearing to try and move back to his own car.
“However the Audi struck Mr Sohal with the front near side.”
He added: “The force of the impact sent him through the air before landing on the pavement. His movement on the pavement was only stopped when he struck a parked car.”
Witnesses went to Mr Sohal’s aid and used the school defibrillator. But he had suffered a “massive brain injury” and passed away in hospital on October 13.
A collision investigation established Gill was likely travelling at 54mph and that he would have been able to stop six metres short of Mr Sohal if he had been within the speed limit.
In a statement his wife described him as an “amazing father and family man” as well as the “best dad in the world”.
She said: “Our hearts are broken, lives shattered forever as a result of this man. He has destroyed and ruined our future and happiness.
“I have lost my husband, my sons are without their dad. We are traumatised and nothing can or will ever replace that void.”