A MAN caught on camera doing 75mph seconds before a fatal crash has been convicted by a jury at Bradford Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving.
Haaris Khan, 25, was at the wheel of a VW Golf that was driving fast and close to a high-powered Audi RS4 on Bradford Road, Bingley, at 4am on February 26, 2017.
Moments later, the driver of the Audi lost control of his vehicle and smashed into a tree, killing his passenger, 22-year-old law graduate Shamas Fakeer.
Khan, of West Park Road, Girlington, Bradford, was this afternoon found guilty of causing Mr Fakeer’s death by dangerous driving and causing death while uninsured and unlicensed.
He pleaded guilty part-way through the trial to attempting to pervert the course of justice by giving false information to the police after the crash.
He will be sentenced on January 14, along with the driver of the Audi, also named Haaris Khan. Aged 26 and from Park Grove, Frizinghall, Bradford, he pleaded guilty in October to causing Mr Fakeer’s death by dangerous driving.
During the trial, the court heard that the Golf and the Audi were driving competitively from Bradford to Bingley.
Prosecutor Jonathan Sharp said the cars reached speeds of more than 70 miles per hour in 30mph and 40mph zones, reports Telegraph and Argus.
Mr Sharp said: “The cars were captured on various CCTV cameras, speed cameras and ANPR cameras along the route.
“A speed camera caught Haaris Khan driving at 61mph on the wrong side of the road.
“They were then caught on CCTV in Cottingley travelling at 75mph shortly before the Audi driver lost control and crashed.
“Haaris Khan pulled up in the road and went over to the wrecked car.
“He did not call for an ambulance or the police. He left the Golf at the scene and he went home.”
Mr Sharp continued: “He knew full well there had been a serious crash and that someone had been seriously injured, and he also knew he was at least partly responsible for the accident and death.
“Why else would he leave the car at the scene and just go home, not calling the emergency services?”
After Khan was convicted, Mr Sharp said a pre-sentence report prepared for the Haaris Khan who was driving the Audi stated that he was not racing.
He accepted that he “put his foot down” on the way to Bingley but not that his driving was competitive.
Judge David Hatton QC said there might have to be a hearing before the sentencing date to decide on the facts.
“If that is his contention, then I alone will have to try that issue,” he said.
Judge Hatton renewed Khan’s bail with a condition of residence.
An interim driving disqualification was imposed with immediate effect.