A man has been sentenced to eight-and-a-half years’ imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving in High Wycombe.
Sakib Salim, aged 28, of Forest Point, High Wycombe, was sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday (27/4). He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years and three months.
His sister Rozia Salim, aged 27, also of Forest Point, High Wycombe was sentenced at the same hearing after being convicted of perverting the course of justice in connection with the investigation. She received a sentence of one year and two months’ imprisonment.
Both pleaded guilty to the respective offences at previous hearings at the same court – Sakib Salim on 9 April and Rozia Salim on 20 April.
At around 11.40pm on 16 January 2017 a cyclist, 28-year-old David Pickup, who was travelling downhill in Hicks Farm Rise was involved in a collision with a black Volkswagen Golf being driven by Sakib Salim, which was travelling in the opposite direction. The Golf contravened a ‘keep left’ bollard and entered the wrong side of the road where it was involved in a head on collision with David, who died at the scene.
The Golf, which was travelling at high speed and racing with a silver car, did not stop but continued driving towards Totteridge Lane.
When officers went to the home of the registered owner of the Golf, Rozia Salim, she provided a witness buysoma.net statement claiming the vehicle had been sold the day before the collision.
Both were charged on 24 November 2017; Sakib Salim with a count of causing death by dangerous driving and Rozia Salim with a count of perverting the course of justice.
Senior investigating officer Sergeant Beth Walton, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “David’s death and the events leading up to his death have been devastating to his family and friends.
“I am pleased that the determination of the investigation team, resulted in sufficient evidence being gathered to charge these two defendants and that evidence was enough to cause the defendants to plead guilty, when in previous months they had remained silent and shown no remorse.
“The investigation team was able to prove that Rozia’s brother Sakib was the driver of the vehicle at the time of the collision and she had lied to police to protect him.
“No sentence can change the events of 16 January 2017 and bring David back to his family and friends but it is right that Rozia and Sakib Salim are held to account for their senseless actions. I hope they both take the time in prison to reflect on their actions and in doing so, they consider the Pickup family and loss and heartache they will endure for the rest of their lives.”