Jail term for driver who ran over pen­sioner twice

78-year-old died af­ter be­ing knocked down on ze­bra cross­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By David Rivers david.rivers@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A RUISLIP man who hit a pen­sioner us­ing a ze­bra cross­ing in Har­row has been sent to jail for caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Fol­low­ing the col­li­sion, Al-Karim Vis­ram ran over the 78-year-old’s legs af­ter his wind­screen was dam­aged mak­ing it ‘”vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble” to see through it safety, the Metropoli­tan Po­lice said.

On Sun­day March 15 last year, Vis­ram, was driv­ing a black Hyundai i20 in Alexan­dra Av­enue at 6.10pm when he struck 78-year-old Han­sraj Damji, the Met said.

Mr Damji was cross­ing the road on a ze­bra cross­ing at the time of the col­li­sion.

The im­pact of the col­li­sion caused “sig­nif­i­cant dam­age” to Vis­ram’s wind­screen.

In­stead of stop­ping, the 38-year-old drove his ve­hi­cle to a side road but ran over Mr Damji’s legs in the process and caused him fur­ther in­juries.

Mr Damji was taken to hospi­tal where he was treated for his in­juries in­clud­ing a bro­ken neck, back and leg.

On April 19 2015, Mr Damji died af­ter con­tract­ing pneu­mo­nia.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion was car­ried out on April 23 and es­tab­lished a causal link be­tween the col­li­sion and Mr Damji’s death, the Met Po­lice said.

For­mal cause of death was given as pneu­mo­nia and in­juries to the left leg and spine.

Vis­ram was charged with caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Al-Karim Vis­ram, on Pine Gar­dens, was sen­tenced on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 30 at Har­row Crown Court af­ter he was found guilty of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

He was dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for three years and has been or­dered to take an ex­tended re-test.

Vis­ram had been found guilty of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing fol­low­ing a trial at Har­row Crown Court on Fri­day Novem­ber 9.

De­tec­tive sergeant Jane Mal­lett, of the se­ri­ous col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tion unit, said: “Not only did Vis­ram’s ini­tial act of dan­ger­ous driv­ing cause sig­nif­i­cant in­juries to Mr Damji, he com­pounded this by run­ning over him a sec­ond time when it was im­pos­si­ble to see clearly through his dam­aged wind­screen.

“I hope now that the cul­prit has been sen­tenced, Mr Damji’s fam­ily can have some form of clo­sure”.

I hope now the cul­prit has been sen­tenced, Mr Damji’s fam­ily can have some clo­sure”

PRISON TERM: Al-Karim Vis­ram has been jailed for three years af­ter he was found guilty of caus­ing death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing

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