London

Speeding driver jailed for Kingston student death

Hina Shamim, Image copyright PA
Image caption Hina Shamim was killed while crossing the road on her way to the library

A speeding driver has been jailed for killing a student who was mown down as she crossed the road outside her university.

Sports science student, Hina Shamim, 21, was hit by Farid Reza's BMW near the Kingston campus in west London.

Reza, 36, had been racing against William Spicer, 28, at speeds of almost 70mph shortly before the crash.

Reza, from Kingston-upon-Thames, was jailed for five years and three months for causing death by dangerous driving.

Child hurt

He was also found guilty of injuring one of five children who were in his car when it hit Ms Shamim and crashed into a double-decker bus.

The young child, who cannot be identified, suffered a fractured skull, jaw and collarbone.

Media playback is unsupported on your device
Media captionThe driver was racing at speeds of up to 70mph (112kph),

He was jailed for three years for causing injury by dangerous driving with the two sentences to run concurrently.

Spicer, 28, from Harrow, was acquitted of the more serious charge but found guilty of careless driving.

Begged for forgiveness

He was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay £500 towards prosecution costs. Nine penalty points were added to his licence and he has to pay £100 victim surcharge.

Ms Shamim was on her way to the library when she was hit by Reza's car, and hit her head on the windscreen as she was flung over the bonnet.

Image copyright Met Police
Image caption Farid Reza fell to his knees and begged the forgiveness of Ms Shamim's family after being found guilty of causing her death by dangerous driving

The court heard Reza was behind the wheel of a white BMW which was racing ahead of a dark grey BMW driven by Spicer with three university friends.

Both cars were identified in CCTV footage jumping a red light along the route before the crash, the court heard.

Before being sentenced, Reza knelt at the feet of his victim's father in court and begged for forgiveness.

Following the verdict, Ms Shamim's father, Shamim Khan criticised both drivers' "arrogance" and said: "I ask them, what gives you the right to put lives in danger through your driving?

"Such unbelievable arrogance."

More on this story