Rally car show-off jailed 10 years over 80mph death crash

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Al­lis­ter Hag­ger

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

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