Driver who fled Notts crash tracked down using blood sample

Driver Dean Beeching ran a red light before smashing into the side of a taxi near Nottingham City Hospital. The cabbie was seriously injured after the crash while his female passenger was also hurt.

But Beeching was spotted walking off from the scene moments later, police say. And while he was not the vehicle’s registered keeper, police managed to connect him to the accident using DNA evidence.

Crime scene investigators working on the accident, 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 interior of the smashed windscreen. It is thought they were left there when Beeching was thrust forward.

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Beeching, who has previous convictions for burglary, violence and driving offences, was listed as wanted and eventually handed himself in at a police station on February 12, 2019. During his police interview, he declined to answer any of the questions asked of him about the crash.

Police say forensic investigators were unable to work out how fast Beeching was travelling. But dashcam 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 offence and 29 months for unrelated drug dealing offences in Derbyshire.

Nottinghamshire Police collision investigator Sophie Law said: “Beeching caused very significant injures as a result of his reckless driving but showed absolutely no concern for his victims. Instead, he left them at the scene of a terrible accident he had caused and continually refused to face up to what he had done.

“In the end, it was the exemplary work of our crime scene investigators that allowed justice to catch up with Beeching and made this sentencing possible. By forensically linking him to the scene they could prove beyond doubt that it was he who was driving at the time of the crash and he who was seen walking away from the scene.

“I hope today’s sentencing brings some degree of comfort to his victims, who must each live with the impact of Beeching’s actions for the rest of their lives.”