On 1 July 2018, a Honda, driven by Israr Muhammed at very high speed, suffered a blown-out tyre, plunged down an embankment and collided with a tree, killing Muhammed’s three-year-old son and causing life-changing injuries to his wife and daughter, then aged seven. A third child survived with relatively minor injuries.
Muhammed (41) was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Hull Crown Court.
In September, a jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving; causing death while uninsured, and two counts of causing serious injury while driving dangerously.
Adam Molloy (29) was also jailed for four-and-a-half years. He was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, and two counts of causing serious injury while driving dangerously.
Both defendants were disqualified from driving for six years and three months, and until they have taken an extended re-test.
Witnesses reported seeing the men driving aggressively and competitively at very high speeds and in close proximity on the westbound M62 near Goole.
Muhammed’s vehicle was uninsured and the blown-out tyre was found to be 16 years old. The child seat used for the three-year-old was fitted incorrectly – the adult seat belt holding it in position was not secured and so the child was effectively unrestrained.
Catherine Ainsworth from the CPS said: “Muhammed drove his uninsured, defective vehicle at extremely high speed. That in itself was a highly dangerous act. But to do this when the vehicle was carrying his family, including an unrestrained three-year-old, defies comprehension.
“Whatever impulse drove these two men to engage in such dangerous driving has resulted in the tragic death of a three-year-old boy and caused life-changing injuries to his mother and sister. The family will never be the same again. They have all paid the ultimate price for the drivers’ criminal actions that day.
“Muhammed and Molloy have now been jailed. This case underlines the tragic consequences of engaging in this type of aggressive and dangerous driving, and acts as a stark warning to anyone tempted to engage in this sort of potentially lethal behaviour when behind the wheel.”