The family of a pregnant Birmingham mother who died with her nine-year-old son in a horrifying hit-and-run accident said they were "disgusted" at the seven-year sentence given to the driver responsible.
Raja Ibrer Faisel, 19, from Small Heath, Birmingham, admitted causing the death of Sarah Hunt, aged 28, and her son Kieran by dangerous driving on the A45 in the Hay Mills area of the city. Faisel was sentenced to seven years detention and disqualified from driving for five years by Birmingham Crown Court.
The packed court heard how Mrs Hunt had been seven months pregnant with a child she planned to call Connor when the accident happened.
Speaking afterwards, Mrs Hunt’s uncle, Matthew Trustlove, said no sentence would "ever be good enough for amount of life that has been lost or devastated".
He said: "As a family we are disgusted at the sentence which only amounts to 18 months per life."
Referring to the fact that Faisel may only serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, Mr Trustlove said: "In three and a half years’ time he will be able to rebuild his life while Sarah, Kieran and Connor’s lives have ended.
"Something needs to be done about the law of unborn babies because this man has killed three people and left three devastated children behind."
The mother-of-four was with Kieran and his seven-year-old brother Ryan – who suffered multiple injuries – as they crossed the A45 on October 2 last year, when they were struck by Faisel’s Nissan Micra.
The trio were holding hands as they walked across a pedestrian crossing to meet the boys’ father, Scott Hunt, who was waiting on the opposite side of the dual carriageway, prosecutor Ailsa Davis said.
Mrs Hunt, who had separated from Mr Hunt, had picked the children up from school and was on her way to drop them off at the 33-year-old’s house at 6pm when the tragedy happened.
The court heard how the boys had noticed their father waiting and had waved to him before setting off with Mrs Hunt, who also had two daughters from another relationship, across the pedestrian crossing.
Mrs Davis said the traffic lights were red when Faisel drove through the crossing at 50mph and struck the victims, "catapulting them through the air".
He then drove off with Mrs Hunt wedged under the car for 367 metres, Mrs Davis said. The car came to a halt only after hitting a kerb, the court heard. Faisel then tried to run away, but was apprehended by members of the public.
Mrs Hunt was pronounced dead at the scene and Kieran died in hospital four hours later.
Judge John Saunders QC concluded that Faisel was driving at "an excess speed" of at least 50mph in a 40mph zone, which gave him no chance to stop for the red light at the pedestrian crossing."