CCTV footage showing the moment a boy racer knocked over a pregnant mum and her young daughter has been released by police.
The mum, 17, who was pregnant with her second child, was carrying her daughter, 1, across Waterloo Road in Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, after they’d been supermarket shopping.
She’d barely left the kerb when she was hit by the speeding car, sending the pair flying into the air.
Bellal Ahmad, 29, of Emerson Street, Stoke-on-Trent, had been racing another car at speeds of up to 76mph in a 30mph zone before causing the crash.
He was driving an Audi A7 that was chasing a Volkswagen Jetta, the car which eventually struck the mother and baby in August 2017.
The mum suffered a broken pelvis, ankle and eye socket and deep cut to her shin, while her daughter’s liver was torn and her head and chest bruised.
Both were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital and survived with the mum later giving birth to a healthy baby.
The Audi and the Volkswagen fled the scene, the Jetta within four seconds of the crash.
Detectives established both cars jumped red lights at the junction of Waterloo Road and Greyhound Way at 76mph in a 30mph zone.
As they passed a supermarket the Jetta was travelling at 68mph and the Audi at 53mph.
The Jetta slowed to 54mph as it met the junction of Hawthorne Street where it braked heavily before hitting the mum and daughter.
Ahmad was arrested two days later when police manage to locate the Audi.
This week, he was jailed for two years and two months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing.
He was also disqualified from driving for two years and must take an extended driving test when eligible.
It comes after another man, Aqeeb Rasab, 26, of Wulstan Road, Cobridge, was jailed for offering to take the blame for driving the Audi, if Ahmad paid him.
Rasab called police several weeks after the crash and claimed he was the driver. He was jailed in June 2020 for 12 months for perverting the course of justice.
Detective Constable Marc Heath, of CID North, said: ‘Ahmad was racing the other person in a Volkswagen Jetta and the speeds were in excess of 70mph in a 30mph area.
‘He went through a red light and weaved across the road. Thankfully, the 17-year-old woman and her daughter did not lose their life. She went on to give birth to a healthy baby.’
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