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Blackburn man jailed for death by dangerous driving
A DRIVER who killed a pedestrian after careering through a red light at twice the speed limit in an uninsured car has been jailed for almost five years.
Imran Bavla, 21, and two friends were on a pedestrian crossing when Tanveer Hussain hit him in his red Audi A4 saloon, a court heard.
The crash happened at 12.35am on Saturday, October 15 2011, at the junction of Barbara Castle Way and Preston New Road in Blackburn.
Mr Bavla died at Royal Blackburn Hospital shortly after his arrival.
Hussain, who was arrested at the scene, had claimed the traffic lights were changing to green and he was driving at no more than 35mph.
The 33-year-old, of Audley Range, also claimed he was insured to drive the Audi on a motor trade insurance policy.
But Preston Crown Court heard that a police investigation found his motor trade policy did not cover him to drive the car.
Investigators also said they could prove Mr Bavla was on the pedestrian crossing when he was hit and that Hussain had gone through a red light at a speed of up to 63mph, where the speed limit was 30mph.
He was jailed for four years and nine months.
He had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death whilst driving without insurance.
Sgt Patrick Worden of Blackburn police said: “Our thoughts are with Mr Bavla’s family and friends at this time and I hope that the sentencing can begin to bring some closure for them.
“Hussain is beginning a prison sentence because, that night, he chose to drive in a manner that gave complete disregard for the safety of members of the public.
“This incident highlights the most tragic consequences of driving dangerously and if you choose to drive in this way, then you should be prepared to suffer the consequences.”
Sarah Gallagher, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “Tanveer Hussain drove his car, which he was not insured to drive, at almost twice the speed limit in the centre of town showing complete disregard towards the safety of any other road users.
“This case serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of dangerous driving.
“The CPS and the police will continue to work to bring to justice those who do not drive safely on our roads.”
A date for an inquest into Mr Bavla’s death will now be set, after it was adjourned by Blackburn coroner Michael Singleton.