Driver Dean Beeching ran a red light before crashing into the side of a taxi near Nottingham Hospital. The taxi driver was seriously injured after the accident while his passenger was also injured.
But Beeching was seen leaving the scene moments later, police say. And while he was not the registered keeper of the vehicle, police managed to connect him to the crash using DNA evidence.
Crime scene investigators working on the crash, which happened at the junction of Hucknall Road and Arnold Road in the early hours of July 22, 2018, found blood on the exterior window and a skin sample on the inside. interior of broken windshield. They are thought to have been left there when Beeching was pushed forward.
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Beeching, who has previous convictions for burglary, violence and driving offences, was listed as wanted and eventually surrendered to a police station on February 12, 2019. When questioned by police, he refused to answer to all the questions he was asked about the crash.
According to police, forensic investigators were unable to determine how fast Beeching was moving. But dash cam footage near the scene showed him running the red light.
Beeching, 31, of Mendip Court in Beeston, initially denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving but changed his plea to guilty before his trial. Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday March 30, he was jailed for a total of three and a half years – 13 months for the driving offense and 29 months for unrelated drug trafficking offenses in Derbyshire.
Nottinghamshire Police collision investigator Sophie Law said: “Beeching caused very significant injuries as a result of his reckless driving but showed no concern for his victims. Instead, he left them at the scene of a terrible accident he had caused and continually refused to face what he had done.
“Ultimately, it was the exemplary work of our crime scene investigators that kept justice catching up with Beeching and made this conviction possible. By forensically linking him to the scene, they were able to prove beyond any doubt that he was the one driving at the time of the accident and that he was the one driving away from the scene.
“I hope today’s sentencing brings some comfort to his victims, who must each live with the impact of Beeching’s actions for the rest of their lives.”