Pair jailed for fatal Christmas Day crash in Hall Green

Two Birmingham men have been jailed after a fatal crash on Christmas Day in 2014 in Hall Green.

Asim Shaikh, who was a passenger in a stolen car, died five days after the incident on the Stratford Road.

Kaesar Ali, aged 27 from Clarence Road, Sparkhill, was driving a red Skoda side-by-side with a silver Ford Focus driven by Mohammed Kamran, aged 28 from Meadway, Yardley, when the crash happened.

Kaesar Ali and Mohammed Kamran

Kaesar Ali and Mohammed Kamran

Birmingham Crown Court heard that the two vehicles were driving at speeds of up to 78mph in a 30mph zone as they approached the junction with School Road. The two vehicles clipped each other causing the Skoda to veer off, smash into the traffic lights and overturn.

Ali and his passenger, aged 29 from Hall Green, were taken to hospital with serious injuries, but Mr Shaikh failed to recover.

Ali pleaded guilty to the death of his friend by dangerous driving and was sentenced to six years. He was also sentenced to 16 months for a further offence of dangerous driving, again in a stolen vehicle, that happened several months after the crash. He also received three years for theft and money laundering, all to run consecutively.

Kamran pleaded not guilty to death by dangerous driving and following two trials has been convicted of Mr Shaikh’s death and sentenced to four years.

Both were banned from driving, Ali for eight years and Kamran for five, and both will be required to sit an extended retest before being allowed behind the wheel again.

Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes said: “This is a perfect example of how dangerous driving can change lives, not only for the victim and his family, but the drivers who risked their own lives too, and will now have to spend many years behind bars wondering if it was worth it.

“Speed limits are there for a reason, not just for busy routes, but for when roads are quiet too as this case shows.”

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