Man jailed for causing death of 12-year-old boy by dangerous driving - Reading

11/04/2013

A 25-year-old man has today, Thursday, 11 April 2013, been sentenced at Reading Crown Court to five and a half years imprisonment for causing the death of a 12-year-old boy by dangerous driving.

Aadil Asghar,, of Rosedale Crescent, Earley, Reading was found guilty by a unanimous jury on 12 March 2013.

Today he received a five and a half year prison sentence, was disqualified from driving for five years, and must pass an extended driving test.

On 21 February 2012, Asghar was driving his white Audi A1 along the bus lane on the A329 Kings Road, Reading. He was in excess of the 30mph speed limit when he struck and killed a 12-year-old boy at a pedestrian crossing.

Baljit Ubhey OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched. This was a tragic incident, which led to the untimely death of an innocent 12-year-old boy. An avoidable accident, which caused an avoidable death.

"This was a very sad case, the consequences of which have had a terrible impact on many lives. The victim was a young boy with his whole life ahead of him, and his family and friends have been devastated by his death.

"Asghar embarked on a course of irresponsible, aggressive, and selfish driving at excessive speed. He made a deliberate decision to flagrantly disregard the rules of the road. There was no doubt that his driving was dangerous and it should have been obvious to him that he was putting the lives of others at substantial risk.

"As a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help the boy's family come to terms with this tragic event.

"Asghar has today been sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, we acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss of this 12-year-old boy. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time."

Investigating officer, PC Jim Lovell said: "This has been a very emotional and tragic investigation from the outset where the family has struggled to come to terms with the loss of their 12-year-old son.

"This case relates to a particularly poor piece of driving where Asghar made some very bad decisions seemingly out of pure impatience. Asghar never set out that afternoon to kill anyone. But the decisions he made at that time to drive at speed in a bus lane on a busy stretch of road, resulted in the needless loss of a young boy's life, who was simply crossing the road at a pedestrian crossing going home after school.

"Not only does this case demonstrate the importance of showing patience and restraint while behind the wheel, it also highlights the need to be vigilant and to drive safely within the law.

"The family has remained calm and restrained throughout the investigation and has acted with extreme dignity. They are thankful that justice has been done and the case is now over so that they can begin to rebuild their lives. We extend our deepest condolences to his family."