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Speeding driver Stephan Russell banned after crash which killed Daniel Horton in Streetly

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: May 18, 2017

Tributes were left at the scene of the fatal crash.

Tributes were left at the scene of the fatal crash.

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A SPEEDING driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel after a crash which resulted in the tragic death of a much-loved teenage cyclist.

Stephan Russell, 26, from Wood Lane in Streetly, was in a Kia Rio just after midnight on September 16 when he struck 18-year-old Daniel Horton, who was riding his mountain bike in Chester Road, Streetly.

West Midlands Police collision investigators were able to show Russell was driving at 44 miles per hour along Chester Road, a stretch of road with a speed limit of only 30mph, at the point of impact.

Russell admitted speeding and at Walsall Magistrates Court on Wednesday (May 17) the 26-year-old was given a nine-month driving disqualification, six penalty points and a total of £465 in fines and costs.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes from the collision Investigation unit at West Midlands Police said: "This has been an extremely complex investigation and following lengthy consultation with the CPS these charges were brought.

"I fully understand some people may question the nature of the charges. It was a tough decision for all those involved but given the evidence that was available this was the most appropriate charge.

"It is a tragic incident where a much-loved teenager has lost his life.

"No sentence will ever bring Daniel back and I would like to thank his family for their support through this traumatic time. My thoughts remain with them as they try come to terms with their loss."

After Daniel's tragic death, his family paid tribute to the 'caring, funny and loved' teenager.

A statement read:" We are heartbroken to lose our Dan, he was confident, caring, funny, and loved by everyone he met. We are proud to know that as an organ donor this devastating situation will help others."

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  • barneyred  |  May 18 2017, 12:35PM

    The system is broken. This is a sick joke. The police have failed, the CPS have failed and the courts have failed. This is an insult to anyone who uses the road. A criminal driver, using public roads as a playground, takes a life, gets charged with a trivial poxy speeding offence. The police may as well give up.

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