Man Jailed for Dangerous Driving

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Collided with a Pedestrian

A man has been sentenced after he collided with a pedestrian in Manchester.

Zain Iqbal (born 09/05/1993) of Balleratt Street, Levenshulme has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square to two years and four months in prison.

 

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

 

The incident happened at the junction of Great Ancoats Street and Redhill Street at around 10.45pm on Friday 3 May 2013.

At the time of the collision, a black cab carrying four people, including the driver, was turning from Great Ancoats Street into Redhill Street.

 

A silver VW Golf, which was travelling along Great Ancoats Street, undertook another vehicle and collided with the taxi as it turned.

 

The collision caused the taxi to spin onto the footpath and hit a pedestrian, trapping him between the taxi and the railings. This 29-year-old man suffered serious injuries to his legs, pelvis and hips.

 

The three passengers in the rear of the taxi were all seriously injured. A 29-year-old pregnant woman suffered a head injury and chest injuries and spent over three months in hospital.

 

The woman’s baby was delivered in hospital by emergency Caesarean section following the collision.

 

A 23-year-old man suffered chest injuries and a 31-year-old woman suffered a fractured shoulder and facial injuries.

The driver of the taxi suffered minor injuries to his legs.

 

Iqbal who was driving the Golf was not injured during the collision.

 

Police Sergeant Mark Thomas from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This was a horrific set of circumstances in which several members of a family, including a woman who was in the late stages of pregnancy, and a pedestrian were seriously injured during a collision.

 

“The woman was taken into hospital where her baby was delivered by emergency C-section whilst she was still unconscious, a traumatic experience for both mother and baby. This experience and her ongoing medical recovery still affects her immensely.

 

“The pedestrian’s injuries have improved but, were of such a serious nature that his chosen career path has been taken away from him.

 

“Today, Iqbal was sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence and although this will not change the traumatic set of circumstances, it will hopefully provide some closure to all those involved.”

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