Street racers jailed after causing death by dangerous driving

21/07/2017

Two 27-year-old drivers who were part of an impromptu street race on a busy Birmingham urban road have today been jailed for a total of 14 years for causing death by dangerous driving.

On 25 December 2014, Mohammed Kamran from Kitts Green was the driver of a Ford Focus travelling along the Stratford Road out of the city, which is governed by a 30mph speed limit.

 Travelling on the same road was Kaesar Ali, 27, from Sparkhill who was driving a stolen Skoda Fabia, and his 29-year-old passenger, Asim Shaikh.

 As the two vehicles accelerated away from set of traffic lights at the junction of Stratford Road and Shaftmoor Road, Ali was seen on CCTV to be driving the Skoda on the wrong side of the road.

 As they approached the junction of School Lane, the vehicles touched.  This caused Ali to lose control of the Skoda and collide with a pedestrian railing and traffic light pole.  Following the collision the Skoda came to rest on its roof.

 Ali and Shailk were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. Despite the best efforts of hospital staff Asim Shailk passed away five days after the collision.

 Police investigators later determined that both vehicles were travelling at speeds of 80mph shortly before the fatal collision.

 Ali pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at the same hearing for other offences.  Kamran was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the same offence. Today the pair have been sentenced to the following: 

 

  • Kaesar Ali – 10 years and four months' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for eight years and 11 months.
  • Mohammed Kamran – four years' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five years.

 

Sean Kyne, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Kaesar Ali and Mohammed Kamran paid no regard to the safety of their passengers, themselves or other road users as they drove at nearly 80mph along a busy urban road racing each other.

 "Their actions meant that they were driving on the wrong side of the road, which ultimately led  to Ali losing control of his vehicle resulting in the death of his passenger.

"The Crown Prosecution Service will robustly prosecute those who put members of the public in danger by using the public highway as an illegal racetrack."