Driver, 25, admits killing grandfather, 51, with one blow in road accident

Driver, 25, admits to killing grandfather, 51, with one punch in road accident: ‘Very aggressive’ attacker ‘dangerously chased’ his victim and forced him to stop – before handing him a fatal blow to his given head

  • Arslan Farooq, from Birmingham, killed Simon West on December 10 last year

An irate driver who “dangerously pursued” a grandpa has admitted to killing him with a single blow.

‘Very aggressive’ Arslan Farooq, 25, is risking time behind bars after leaving van driver Simon West, 51, with a fatal head injury.

The ‘caring’ victim was rushed to hospital after the Oldbury attack, but later died of his injuries. Farooq has since admitted manslaughter and dangerous driving.

The 25-year-old from Erdington, Birmingham, will be sentenced on July 21 at Birmingham Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to the charges at a hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday 19 May.

Farooq dangerously pursued Mr West as the pair drove down Causeway Green Road and the A4123 Wolverhampton Road on December 10 last year.

Arslan Farooq risks time behind bars after leaving van driver Simon West (pictured), 51, with a fatal head injury

The convict then moved from his lane to the victim’s van, making an “aggressive maneuver” while driving on the parallel lane.

He then pulled up in front of Mr. West’s van before both men got out of their vehicles. Farooq then punched the 51-year-old, leaving him unconscious.

Mr West underwent hospital surgery for a head injury but died four days later.

Emily Clewer, from the CPS, said: ‘Farooq was behaving very aggressively and dangerously and there is no justification for his behaviour.

“His actions have devastated Mr. West’s family and our thoughts are with them at this time. I hope this case serves as a reminder of the dangers of road rage and how those who behave in ways that endanger others can expect to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Mr West’s family previously paid tribute to him, describing the 51-year-old as ‘a caring’ man who was ‘loved by everyone he met’.