Drug driver killed him­self and 5 oth­ers in sick­en­ing 94mph crash

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Ross McCarthy Court Cor­re­spon­dent

AHORRIFIC crash which claimed the lives of six peo­ple in Birm­ing­ham was caused by a drugged-up driver who lost con­trol of an Audi S3 with two faulty tyres at high speed, a coro­ner ruled.

The high per­for­mance hatch­back driver, who was “on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­ity” Kasar Je­hangir, and pas­sen­gers Mo­hammed Fasha and Tan­qeer Hus­sain were all hurled from the ve­hi­cle when it struck a taxi in Bel­grave Mid­dle­way after trav­el­ling at up to 100mph.

They were killed in­stantly, Wed­nes­day’s in­quest heard. One was ejected through the sun roof and an­other through the boot hatch.

Taxi driver Im­tiaz Mo­hammed and pas­sen­gers Lucy Davis and Lee Jenk­ins also died.

A Toy­ota Yaris was then struck by the taxi and six other ve­hi­cles were also in­volved in the ac­ci­dent at 1am on De­cem­ber 17.

Record­ing that three oc­cu­pants of the Audi died as a re­sult of a road traf­fic col­li­sion, Coro­ner Louise Hunt said: “Due to the speed of the Audi driver it was im­pos­si­ble for the taxi driver or Toy­ota Yaris driver to re­act. I find on the bal­ance of prob­a­bil­ity Kasar Je­hangir was the driver of the Audi.

“None of the Audi oc­cu­pants were wear­ing seat belts and two tyres on the Audi were de­fec­tive. The two pas­sen­gers of the taxi were wear­ing seat belts but the taxi driver wasn’t and isn’t re­quired by law to do so.

“The cause of the col­li­sion was due to the Audi driv­ing at speed of be­tween 94mph and 100mph and los­ing con­trol round a bend, the driver Mr Je­hangir hav­ing also taken cannabis, and ex­ces­sive tyres.

“Due to the taxi driver hav­ing drugs in his sys­tem I will send a let­ter to Birm­ing­ham City Coun­cil ask­ing what checks are made in re­gards to taxi driv­ers.

“I would like to of­fer all the fam­i­lies my con­do­lences and that you can re­mem­ber your loved ones as you de­scribed them.”

> The crash scene, and right, vic­tims (from top) Lucy Davis, Lee Jenk­ins, and Im­tiaz Mo­hammed

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