LONDON: An Indian-origin man on Thursday was jailed for five and a half years in jail for killing a teen cyclist while speeding on the Coventry streets in England’s West Midlands region.
The driver of Nissan GT-R, 37-year-old Tajinder Rai was travelling along Binley Road in Coventry in October 2018 when he ran into 17-year-old Ryan Willoughby-Oakes at the junction with Allard Way.
Tajinder stopped at the scene and passersby administered first aid, but Ryan was pronounced dead at roadside, said WMP’s website.
“A teenager who had his whole life ahead of him tragically lost his life due to a motorist not following the speed limit,” said Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the West Midlands Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit.
“There is no excuse to be travelling at nearly 70mph in a 40mph zone; this shows the importance of obeying speed limits and if Rai had been driving at 40mph, I believe he would have been able to slow down in time to see Ryan. Although nothing will bring Ryan back, we hope his family find some comfort in this outcome,” Sgt. Paul added.
Tajinder was found guilty of death by dangerous driving on 13 November and was sentenced to five and a half years in prison on 19 December, following a three-day trial.
In addition, Tajinder has been disqualified from driving for 7 years and 9 months.
According to West Midlands Police, the investigation showed that Tajinder was driving at a minimum speed of 67mph on the 40mph stretch before the collision.
Ryan’s family said: “We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the jury for their unanimous guilty verdict. We do not have the words to fully express the damage this has done to my family or, undoubtedly, the driver’s own family.”
“We would ask everyone to think about their driving; to slow down, to realise that you are driving a lethal machine if you drive in this dangerous manner. Please drive within the speed limit, think about the environment you are driving in, expect the unexpected,” Ryan’s family added.