A DRIVER who was speeding in a powerful Audi when he killed a great-grandfather on one of the busiest roads in the Black Country has been jailed for 10 years.

Kamran Raja was driving at almost twice the permitted limit on the Wolverhampton Road in Brandhall when he ploughed into a Honda, killing 85-year-old Edward Harris.

The pensioner had been to church and had dropped off his daughter just moments before the incident near the junction with Castle Road East.

The pensioner had been in his car and he was trying to cross Wolverhampton Road from Castle Road West onto Castle Road East when he was hit by the four litre Audi Quattro.

“Your driving was incredibly dangerous,” Judge Simon Ward told 37-year-old Raja, who works as a personal trainer at a number of Birmingham gyms.

He said Raja was doing 79mph when he hit the Honda on the Wolverhampton Road – which has a 40mph limit and is one of the busiest routes in the Black Country.

“There are traffic lights, schools, buses and houses but none of that matter to you in the slightest,” the judge said at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

“Your driving record before this was appalling. It shows you are a selfish man. You drive fast cars because you want to, with no insurance and no licence and at insane speeds.”

Raja, of Gospel Farm Road, Acocks Green, had pleaded not guilty to causing the death of Mr Harris by dangerous driving.

But he changed his plea to guilty during the course of his trial and he was further banned from driving for five years – the disqualification to begin on his release from custody.

The court had been told Mr Harris’ Honda was sent flying by the force of the collision. He walked from his wrecked vehicle but died the following day having sustained multiple organ failure.

Antonie Muller, prosecuting, had told the jury that Raja had been driving at “motorway speeds in what was a busy residential area”.

Graeme Simpson, defending, said Raja was full of remorse for his actions and he had been left devastated by the death of Mr Harris.