Jail for dangerous driver who crashed into pedestrian in Bournemouth town centre

16 August 2019

A speeding motorist who mounted the pavement and crashed into a pedestrian causing him serious injuries has been jailed.

Asil Abdul Mohammed, 32 and of West Hill Road in Bournemouth, was sentenced to four years in prison following a hearing at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 16 August 2019. He was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at an earlier trial at the same court. 

He was disqualified from driving for six years. 

At around 9.50pm on Saturday 19 January 2019 a number of people witnessed a silver Volkswagen Passat being driven erratically and at speed around Bournemouth town centre.

The collision occurred in St Peters Road. At this time the victim – a local man aged in his 20s – was walking along the pavement with a group of friends when he heard the sound of screeching tyres. He tried to see where the noise was coming from and saw the Passat mount the pavement and then collide with him. The force of the collision pushed him up against a nearby wall before he fell to the floor.

The car failed to stop at the scene. It was captured on CCTV driving away at speed before it was left parked in Parsonage Road. The driver was seen to walk into a nearby hotel, drop his jacket off to his room and leave again.

Officers searching for the offender arrested Mohammed in Bath Road.

He admitted he was the owner of the car and the keys to the Passat were found in a jacket recovered from his room. However, he denied being the driver.

The victim was taken to Poole Hospital for treatment. He sustained a bleed on the brain and severe grazing to his head and face. 

Police Constable Paul Wilson, of the road traffic unit, said: “Asil Mohammed’s manner of driving that day was reckless and dangerous and it is nothing but sheer luck that his actions did not claim his victim’s life or that of another innocent pedestrian or motorist.”

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