Businessman sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving 12 years after incident
A Businessman from Birmingham has today been sentenced for causing the death of a nine-year-old girl after causing a multiple-vehicle pileup in 2006.
Cerys Edwards was only 11 months old at the time and despite being securely and properly restrained in a child seat, she suffered life-changing injuries. Those injuries meant that Cerys was dependent on a ventilator and required frequent medical care for the rest of her short life. Sadly, on 17 October 2015, Cerys died from respiratory failure as a result of complications from the injuries she suffered.
In April 2008, Antonio Boparan, who was then aged 21, was sentenced to 21 months in prison having been found guilty, following trial, of dangerous driving.
The court heard how Boparan was driving his Range Rover at excessive speeds in a residential area. The speed and manner of his driving caused him to swerve into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the car in front of him. This resulted in a head-on collision with the car being driven by Cerys’ mother.
Following Cerys’ death, he was further charged with causing death by dangerous driving and pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court on 7 March 2019. He was sentenced to 18 months' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 3 years and 9 months.
Neil Fielding of the CPS said: “The CPS worked closely with West Midlands police to build a strong case.
“We presented expert medical evidence to prove that Cerys died as a result of complications arising from the injuries she suffered.
“The sentence today of Antonio Singh Boparan should act as a clear message to younger drivers that they will be held responsible when driving dangerously and if as in this case it leads to the tragic loss of life then the perpetrator will be brought to account for causing that death even as in this case this occurs some time later.
“The consequences of the irresponsible and dangerous behaviour displayed by Mr Boparan on that evening have been profound and longstanding. It is difficult even to conceive how this has affected Cerys’ family and the others involved in the collision who suffered serious injuries.
“It is my hope that the publicity surrounding this incident and the appalling suffering inflicted upon Cerys and her family before her heart-breaking and untimely death, may deter others tempted to drive aggressively at excessively high speeds.”
Notes to editors
• Neil Fielding is a Specialist Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands
• Antonio Boparan (DOB 22/02/1987) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on 7 March 2019