Man admits causing death by dangerous driving



A man has admitted causing the death of Birmingham woman Noreen Ryan by dangerous driving.

Saqib Hussain was at the wheel of a £100,000 hired supercar when he ploughed into a Ford Fiesta being driven by Noreen’s sister Mary on August 26 last year.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the two sisters were returning from a family birthday party when the £600-per-day Audi R8 Spyder hit them near the junction of Shaftmoor Lane and Reddings Lane in Hall Green. Noreen died in the accident and Mary was seriously injured.

Hussain left the scene, handing himself in at a police station hours later.

The 24-year-old, who had driven the car to a wedding, admitted causing the death of Birmingham City fanatic Noreen by dangerous driving and has been told that a prison sentence is “inevitable”.

The computer engineer, of Alexander Road, Acocks Green, also admitted causing serious injury to Mary by dangerous driving and to a passenger in his car, Faisal Wahid.

Noreen Ryan

Noreen Ryan

Mary, aged 60, suffered a punctured lung, broken pelvis, broken ribs and a chipped spine in the crash.

Hussain also admitted causing death while uninsured and failing to stop after a collision.

Noreen’s brother, Chris Ryan, said: “It has been a very difficult time for the family and the whole experience in court was awful.

“It has already been revealed in court that he has been convicted of speeding before. It is ludicrous that he has been driving right up until the court appearance this week.

“There will not be any justice whatever happens. It is not going to bring her back.”

The youngest of eight brothers and sisters, 49-year-old Noreen, from Kings Norton, was described as the “heart, spark and soul” of her family.

She had been in Solihull on the night of the crash to celebrate a family birthday at Chris and wife Maria’s house.

Maria said: “The anniversary of the crash is approaching and it is very difficult for everybody.

“We were hoping that there would be a guilty plea, because a trial would have been a nightmare.

“Mary has been left traumatised, but it was made very clear in court that she could have done nothing to get out of his way.

“We are relieved with the plea and very thankful to the police who have been brilliant.”