A reckless driver who raced another vehicle whilst his three-year-old son, seven-year-old daughter and wife were in the car has been sent to prison for 6.5 years.
As well as killing his three-year-old boy, his daughter suffered serious and life-changing injuries in the horrific crash.
Israr Muhammed (41) from Batley, had been racing with another vehicle on the M62 when his tyre blew out, causing him to lose control at over 100 mph before hitting a tree.
Muhammed’s wife also sustained serious injuries and was in a coma for over a month.
The court heard how, on 1st July 2018, Muhammed decided to race with another car, despite his wife and children being in the vehicle.
Sergeant Rob Mazingham from Humberside Polices’ Serious Collisions Unit said:
“An extensive and exhaustive investigation followed this dreadful crash and established that the driver (husband and father to his family) had been racing on the motorway with another Honda Civic.
“Dashcam footage showed the two cars travelling over 100mph in very close proximity, clearly racing whilst overtaking a vehicle.
“A short time after this footage was taken, one car suffered a catastrophic blow out inducing oversteer and causing the car to leave the carriageway.
“Israr Muhammed (41) from Batley made a fatal error of judgement and was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and causing death whilst uninsured.
“Adam Molloy (29) from Normanton was the driver of the second vehicle and in an act of sheer cowardice didn’t stop at the scene of the collision.
“He was subsequently traced, interviewed and charged with causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving”.
When the case appeared at Hull Crown Court and concluded on 24 September – following a nine-day trial – the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against both men on all counts.
Both men were sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison and have been disqualified from driving for six years and three months.
Sgt Rob Mazingham added:
“The car that Israr Muhammed was driving was not roadworthy, its rear tyre was 16 years old and defective, and the resulting blow-out caused the series of events that led to the death of his three-year-old son and the serious, life-changing injuries of his wife and second child.
“In addition, the car seat containing Israr was not secured in any way to the vehicle and offered him no protection when the collision occurred.
“I have been involved in many road traffic collisions; however, the death of a child in such awful circumstances can only be described as a tragic loss of life.
“We work tirelessly in trying to stop people exceeding the speed limit and to take un-roadworthy vehicles off the road, not only for your safety but that of others in your car and other road users.
“I would urge all vehicle owners to carry out the regular basic checks before driving and to ensure that all passengers, particularly children, are correctly strapped in and secure.
“The conviction of Adam Molloy should serve as a serious reminder that to engage in racing or competitive driving, regardless of whether a collision occurs, can result in a custodial sentence.
“I am sure that Israr Muhammed and Adam Molloy will now spend their time in prison with the memory of that fateful day and the decisions they took that led to such a tragic outcome.”
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