Drink driver in red light collision


Drink driver in red light collision

A Birmingham man has been jailed for nine months for drink driving, after he ran a red light and crashed into a car carrying five women.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that 25-year-old Kimil Kinder, of Winson Green took the vehicle, which belonged to a relative, without their consent after he had been drinking at a family barbeque.

He had gone out to stock up on more alcohol, but failed to notice a red light while travelling along Boulton Road in Handsworth and crashed into an oncoming Audi A4, forcing it into roadside railings.

The passengers of the Audi – who were celebrating a hen party – received a range of injuries. One 19-year-old who had flown from California for the party, suffered a broken arm and pelvis, while another passenger's jaw was broken.

Kinder provided a specimen of breath at the scene and was found to be over the legal drink-drive limit.

As well as drink-driving and taking a vehicle without consent, Kinder admitted driving without insurance or a licence.

On top of his custodial sentence, he was banned from driving for three years.

PC Paul Minshull, of West Midlands police, said: "Kinder was only heading to a local off-licence, just a few minutes' drive away, but as this case shows it's not safe to drive any distance after drinking alcohol," reported the Birmingham Mail.

"Either through poor judgement or a lack of concentration he flew through a red light and slammed into the Audi A4. It was a significant impact and two of the passengers suffered nasty injuries – but the injuries could have been far worse, possibly fatal, had it not been for the car's side-impact airbags.

"He had no previous convictions but now finds himself behind bars and with a criminal record – these were serious offences, recognised by the court, which could have resulted in the death of fellow road users."