A Man Has Admitted to Killing Two Men in Fatal Accident
One victim named Rafique Khan left behind 11 children whilst the second victim Aurang Zeb Khan was a father of three. They were killed when a Mercedes driven by Dudley Reilly hit with their car in Accrington in October.
The 24-year-old has now pled guilty to charges of causing death by dangerous driving on appearing via video link in Preston Crown Court. The defendant had reportedly jumped a red light moments before the crash at which happened at the junction of Hyndburn Road and Oxford Street, also leaving three others seriously injured.
A friend of both of the men’s families revealed they were still coming to terms with their grief. Though he said they found relief that Reilly admitted the charges and would be sentenced accordingly.
Reilly’s representatives in court stated, “He left a caravan site and went to a nearby public house and had a drink.
“He then became the driver of the vehicle. We know he went through a red light that had been on red for eight seconds.
“Whether or not this was a prolonged piece of dangerous driving is a relevant issue. The defendant describes the route he took, but it may be of interest to the sentencing judge how long he was on the road for.”
The defendant is due to appear in court again in January. The mayor of Hyndburn on behalf of the families stated, “The families are trying to cope as best they can. It is absolutely tragic.
“They have a lot of support from the police, community leaders and their families, but they are still getting over their grief.
“It is good to here that the conviction has taken place and the families were very conscious to see where this was going to take them.
“They want to see someone who has done wrong punished and so we are glad to hear he had been convicted and will be sentenced accordingly.”