Telematics data used as evidence helps jail hit and run driver


A speeding driver who lied to the police has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

Omar Tariq was left with no option but to plead guilty after a blend of police work and telematics data provided by anti-motor fraud experts, Asset Protection Unit (APU), proved he was speeding, and that he switched seats with his girlfriend after the collision.

Tariq, a customer service agent from Stourbridge, was adjudged to have killed a pedestrian on Saturday 29 November 2014. Tariq claimed he was not driving his girlfriend’s courtesy car, a white Mercedes-Benz convertible, at the time of the incident. The pedestrian, Peter Price, died at the scene.

In a police interview, Tariq further claimed that he had been driving towards Birmingham to collect his sister from work, and “wasn’t speeding or doing ridiculous speeds”.

However, a telematics device in the courtesy car allowed APU to prove that Tariq was lying, with the team able to establish a precise timeline of events before and after the crash. The data proved that the Mercedes-Benz was speeding at 61mph in a 40mph zone and that Tariq pulled in further down the road to switch seats. Tariq was not insured to drive the vehicle.

His girlfriend, Parvinder Ubli, was prosecuted for permitting use of the vehicle without valid insurance and obstructing the police in its extension of its duty by falsely claiming she was driving.

Neil Thomas, director of investigative services at APU said: “This is a tragic case where Mr. Price was almost home and was killed by the actions of Tariq.

“Witnesses had seen the Mercedes being driven at high speed prior to the collision, with one even commenting that the driver was driving like an idiot. The expert evidence we were able to supply helped provide the court with the exact speeds being driven which were well in excess of the speed limit.

“I’m glad we have been able to collaborate with the police to ensure the correct sentencing of a serious crime, and I hope play our part in helping to afford Mr Price’s family some justice.”

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