Road racer given suspended sentence and banned from driving for two years

13/07/2015

A 24-year-old driver who took part in an illegal road race in Digbeth which ultimately resulted in the death of his best friend has today been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court to 13 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

On Tuesday 26 November 2014, Sameer Mear from Solihull borrowed his father's Audi A3 with full consent. His best friend, 21-year-old Ahsan Jalil was driving his Mazda MPS car.

Around 10:20pm, they approached a set of traffic lights in Digbeth which then leads onto Rea Street. This stretch of road has a speed limit of 30mph.

The two friends agreed to race each other along Rea Street and accelerated away from the lights.

Both vehicles were traveling at nearly 50mph when the Mazda went out of control and smashed into a wall. Mr Jalil was thrown through the windscreen causing a head injury that would ultimately result in his death.

The defendant left the scene and later he attended a police station to be voluntary interviewed.

Mear was originally charged with causing death by dangerous driving, however, this charge was later dropped and a plea was accepted to dangerous driving. He was today given a 13 months' imprisonment, suspended for two years as well as an 18 month supervision order, an electronic monitored curfew for six months from 8pm to 5am, disqualified from driving for two years and extended re-test and £1,000 costs.

David Elliott, Acting Head of the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Crown Court Unit said:

"This case highlights the dangers of illegal road racing. Not only are drivers putting themselves in danger, but other road users too.

"Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Ahsan Jalil."