Police release footage of speeding driver before fatal smash

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Shocking footage has been released showing a speeding driver just moments before he caused a fatal crash.

James Mills, 23, was driving his modified black Ford Focus ST at more than 80mph in a 40mph zone when the crash happened.


Vijaya Mistry, 75, was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband when it was hit. She suffered serious head injuries as she was thrown through a window, and later died in hospital.

Mills can be seen in the footage overtaking and speeding before undertaking other vehicles along Pedmore Road in Brierley Hill, West Midlands.

Mills, of Brierley Hill, appeared in Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday June 30– where he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

He has also been banned from driving for ten years and will have to pass an extended re-test.

Mark Crozier from West Midlands police's collision investigation unit, said: "Mills was essentially using a public road as a race track, showed a total disregard for other road users and gave no thought for the devastation he could cause.

"I know the prison sentence imposed on him will never fill the void left within the victim's family and I extend my condolences to them."