A teenage driver has been jailed for seven years for killing a pregnant mother, her unborn child and nine-year-old son.
Raja Ibrer Faisel, 19, from Small Heath, Birmingham, admitted causing the death of Sarah Hunt, 28, and her son Kieran by dangerous driving on the A45 in the Hay Mills area of Birmingham. Faisal was jailed and disqualified from driving for five years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Sarah, Kieran and his seven-year-old brother Ryan - who suffered multiple injuries - were crossing the A45 Coventry Road on October 2 when they were struck by a Nissan Micra.
Mrs Hunt, who was 30 weeks pregnant, was pronounced dead at the scene, while her elder son died in hospital about four hours later.
Opening the case for the prosecution, Ailsa Davis said Mrs Hunt had been seven months pregnant with a child she planned to call Connor when she and her two sons were knocked down.
The court heard that the three of them were holding hands as they walked across a pedestrian crossing to meet the boys’ father, who was waiting on the opposite side of the dual carriageway, when they were hit by the defendant.
Mrs Hunt, who had separated from the boys’ father, Scott Hunt, had picked them up from school and was on her way to drop them off at their father’s when the incident happened just after 6pm on October 2 last year.
The court heard that Faisel drove his Nissan Micra through a red light at about 50mph and struck the victims, "catapulting them through the air".
He then drove off with Mrs Hunt wedged under the car for about 367 metres, Mrs Davis said.
Sentencing, Judge John Saunders QC said the seven-year detention was "not intended to measure the value of the lives that have been lost or the loss of those left behind" and described the consequences of the tragedy as "appalling".
He said Mrs Hunt’s family had been "decimated" and had been subjected to "utter and abject misery".
"The remaining members of the family and close friends will feel the effects of these events for the rest of their lives," he said.
Judge Saunders QC concluded that Faisel was driving at "an excess speed" of at least 50mph in a 40mph speed limit, which gave him no chance to stop for the red light at the pedestrian crossing he was approaching.