Man Jailed For Causing Death of Friend In Crash

Friday, 12 April 2019

A man from Bristol has been jailed for more than four years after causing the death of his friend in a crash in Bradford.

Muhammad Awaisi, 23, was sentenced to four years and eight months at Bradford Crown Court today (Friday) after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of Syed Zaeem Hassan. 

Muhammad Awaisi

Mr Hassan, who was 22 and also from the Bristol area, was a passenger in Awaisi’s Audi Q7, which collided with a wall in snowy weather in Bowling Back Lane on 21 January last year.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The court heard that the Q7 was seen moments before the collision travelling at almost 60mph – nearly double the speed limit.

As well as his prison sentence Awaisi was also banned from driving for four years upon his release from custody and ordered to pass an extended test before he can drive again.

Detective Constable Simon Marshall of West Yorkshire Police's Major Collision Enquiry Team (MCET), said:

“The fatal collision on Bowling Back Lane was an absolute tragedy for Syed’s family. That day they lost a bright, intelligent man, whom was loved dearly by so many.

“I am pleased the court process has come to an end today with the sentencing of Awaisi for his part in a truly appalling incident.

“Throughout the investigation he sought to evade justice and only at the last moment admitted the offences against him.

“Speeding in such bad weather conditions was an act of utter stupidity and extreme recklessness which frankly beggars belief.

“I would like to praise the actions of the members of public who assisted the emergency services on the day and indeed throughout the entire investigation.

“My thoughts remain today with Syed’s family who have maintained their dignity throughout, despite Awaisi only admitting his guilt at the very last court hearing.”

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