Speeding driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving of Kingston student

26/01/2017

A driver who raced past a busy university campus at speeds of up to 69 mph has been jailed for five years and three months today at the Old Bailey after causing the death by dangerous driving of a student.

Hina Shamim, 21, was killed crossing the road outside Kingston University's Penrhyn Road campus on 31 March 2015 after she was hit by a high-performance BMW driven by Farid Reza.

Reza was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury to a child in his car by a jury today.

He was imprisoned for five years and three months for the death by dangerous driving and for three years for causing serious injury, with the sentences to run concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

A second man, William Spicer, was found guilty of careless driving. He was given nine points on his licence and a fine of £1,000.

CCTV showed Reza, 36, and Spicer, 28, driving at speeds of up to 69 mph in a 30 mph zone. Reza had four children on the back seat of his car but only two seatbelts, and one child suffered serious injuries as a result of the collision.

CPS reviewing lawyer Robert Davis said: "Hina would still be alive if it had not been for this senseless piece of dangerous driving.

"The prosecution evidence, which included forensic collision reports from police experts, CCTV and witnesses, proved beyond doubt that Reza's driving caused the death of Hina, and seriously injured a child in his car.

"Police forensic collision investigators said that if Reza had been driving at the speed limit, he would have had time to brake after seeing Hina and come to a halt without hitting her.

"Our sympathies go out to Hina's family and we hope these convictions offer some solace for the loss of their daughter."