Rally car show-off jailed 10 years over 80mph death crash
A RECKLESS driver with no licence or insurance has been jailed for 10 years for killing a church-going great-grandfather.
Kamran Raja crashed his soupedup Audi S4 car at “insane speed” into the modest Honda Jazz being driven by Edward Harris, 85.
Mr Harris, who had just dropped off his daughter giving her a kiss goodbye, walked away from the wreckage but died the following day.
Raja, 37, ploughed into the Honda on the A4123 in Warley, West Mids, on April 2 last year while driving along the 40mph limit dual carriageway at nearly 80mph.
Both cars were lifted off the road and the Honda was propelled almost 100 feet. Prosecutor Antonie Muller told Wolverhampton Crown Court: “This was motorway speeds on a residential road.”
Personal trainer Raja, form Acocks Green, Birmingham, at first denied causing death by dangerous driving. But he changed his plea this week.
The court heard the father-of-four had a long record of previous motoring related offences for which he had previously been jailed.
Sentencing, Judge Simon Ward, told him: “Your driving was incredibly dangerous.”
He added: “There are traffic lights, schools, buses and houses. None of that mattered to you in the slightest. Your driving record before this is appalling. It shows you are a selfish man. You drive fast cars because you want to with no insurance and no licence, and at insane speeds.”
Mr Harris’s daughter Annette Hall, who had been with him to his local Our Lady and St Hubert’s church in Warley the day of the crash, said her father’s heart had been “as big as an ocean.” Kamran Raja, who had previously been jailed over his driving, was ‘incredibly dangerous’ on the road, said judge
Victim Edward Harris