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Hit-and-run driver jailed over West Bromwich crash that put man in hospital for four months

By Dayna Farrington | Tipton | Crime | Published:

A speeding hit-and-run driver who left a pedestrian with life-changing injuries when he drove into him at twice the speed limit has been locked up for 30 months.

Stanislavas Jurgo briefly stopped at the scene of the crash then drove away

Uninsured driver Stanislavas Jurgo struck the 56-year-old man as he was crossing Dudley Street in West Bromwich just after midnight on September 22 last year.

Jurgo, 33, had been driving at between 40mph and 47mph in the 20mph zone when he struck the victim, who suffered multiple fractures and spent four months in hospital being treated for his injuries.

Jurgo briefly stopped at the scene of the collision near the Shell garage but then drove away.

West Midlands Police officers identified Jurgo's silver Honda Civic after trawling through CCTV footage from the scene and found the car, still damaged from the collision, parked outside his home in Tipton.

Jurgo, of Richmond Aston Drive, was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday.

He was also disqualified from driving for four years and ordered to complete an extended re-test.

He had pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, having no licence, no insurance and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

Sergeant Dean Caswell, from West Midlands Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Tragically a man was seriously hurt in this collision and is still, eight months later, recovering and rehabilitating at home.

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"While we are pleased Jurgo pleaded guilty and spared his victim the further trauma of a trial, this case shows that we will do all we can to find those who try to avoid justice."

Following the sentencing the victim’s family, said: “We would like to thank West Midlands Police for all the hard work they put into tracing the offender and bringing him to justice, despite his attempts to evade capture.

"We understand that the sentence given is in line with the offence, however it seems inadequate given that our father has suffered life-changing injuries from which he will never recover.

"We would also like to express our gratitude to the staff at the QE Hospital for their wonderful care and treatment that saved our father’s life."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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