THE family of a much-loved Lye dad killed in an horrific car crash say no sentence will take away their pain after the driver whose actions caused the fatal smash was jailed.

Roger Banister, from Birmingham, was sentenced to five years in prison after admitting causing the death of father-of-three Mohammed Shakeel by dangerous driving and the death of five-year-old Harvey Banister as well as two counts of causing serious injury.

Banister, aged 41, of Pinewood Drive, was also banned from driving for seven-and-a-half years and was told he must take an extended retest before he returns to the roads when he was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court last Friday (October 19) after pleading guilty at a previous hearing.

Heartbroken relatives of Mr Shakeel, of Vicarage Road, say their lives will never be the same following their loss and the sentence will do little to ease their overwhelming grief.

Mr Shakeel's son Mohammed Sohail, aged 19, also suffered devastating injuries in the two-car crash on Ravenhayes Lane, at Frankley Green, near the M5, on November 4, 2017.

The teenager had been on his way to a job interview, with his father behind the wheel, when their Peugeot Expert was hit by a Kia Ceed - driven by Banister.

A 35-year-old woman in the grey Kia was also injured but miraculously a nine-week old baby in the car was unhurt.

Mr Shakeel, aged 41, was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

Sohail spent two weeks in critical care and was unable to attend the funeral of his beloved father - whom he initially believed had survived the crash.

It was only five weeks later that he found out the devastating truth.

He said: "I remember that very Sunday when my uncle informed me of my father’s passing. I remember the pain I felt in my heart, my mind, my body, and my soul. It took my breath away. I refused to believe my father had passed. He was such a strong man, my father, my hero.

"No sentence will bring my father back to me."

Mr Shakeel's widow Ghazala Parveen has also been struggling to come to terms with the loss of her husband and she said she still makes dinner for him each evening - hoping somehow he will return.

She added: "I miss my beloved husband more with each day that passes. He was very devoted to us and could not live without us, as we cannot live without him. Our lives are becoming more difficult with each day, we are filled with hurt, pain, and frustration as it is another day which passes without Shakeel. When Shakeel’s heart stopped beating, so did ours."

Kirren Shehzadi, Mr Shakeel's niece, said the sentence meted out to Banister was "appalling for two deaths and two serious injuries" and she said the family was "disgusted" with it.

She added: “We all feel a sense of emptiness, the last 11 months have been extremely difficult."