Parvez Rahman was driving at 71mph on the 30mph A13 when he hit and killed cyclist Ashad Ahmed. He was jailed for four years

The driver of a car that hit and killed a cyclist on the A13 in November 2014 has been jailed for four years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that Parvez Rahman was driving at 71mph on the 30mph road, with police reporting at the time that his car was seen racing another before the collision.

The cyclist, Ashad Ahmed, was on his way to his parents’ house when he was hit by Rahman and died two hours later in the Royal London Hospital of head and brain injuries.

Rahman drove off after the collision but handed himself in the following day. Mr Ahmed’s brother Kawsar, told the Evening Standard that the legal system had let his family down after seeing Rahman smile in the dock after being sentenced.

“I think the system has let us down. The sentence he got didn’t compare to what he did. He’s a scumbag,” he said.

“It just seems unfair in this day and age, the law is like this when there are so many accidents like this. My parents can’t comprehend how someone will just get four years for this. I’m glad my parents didn’t go to court to see his reactions. Words can’t describe them. He was smiling as he was being led out of court. The shocking thing is he showed no remorse. This guy is inhuman.”

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The court heard that Rahman was “driving as hard as that car could have been driven” at the time of the crash, and Judge Nicholas Huskinson said the accident could have been avoided if he had adhered to the speed limit.

“If the defendant had been driving within the speed limit, there would have been plenty of time for the defendant to decelerate and avoid any kind of impact with Mr Ashad Ahmed,” he said.

“He was a man who was married with two young children and, on the behalf of his family, there is a victim impact statement before the court that speaks in high terms about what a grievous loss his death has been to the family.

“If someone drives at 71mph in a 30mph, effectively single carriageway, there is a substantial risk of danger and indeed of death.”

  • Apollina

    Think what you like. The definition of murder requires a premeditated intent to kill. Without that, even if your actions can have reasonably been assumed to cause someone’s death, legally it is manslaughter.

  • llos25

    I think it is he broke the speed limit and killed someone if that is not murder I do not what is.

  • Apollina

    Murder requires malice aforethought. Legally it’s manslaughter, dangerous driving and driving over the speed limit. The sentence is grossly inadequate but it’s not murder.

  • Apollina

    You don’t want to sound racist but you make a racist comment. White people speed and drive just as dangerously, and act in reckless and dangerous ways just as frequently. It has nothing to do with this guy’s race.

  • Jezz Ellis

    The headline uses the term ‘cyclist’, why? This was a young man, with two children, a wife and a family. He just happened to be riding a bike at the time. Using the term cyclist seems to de-humanise this. Try replacing the term ‘cyclist’ with Policeman, Prime Minister, Member of the Royal Family. Some lives are more valuable than others in the eyes of the British legal system.

  • simon

    I live in Bethnal green and i don’t want to sound racist but the young Bangladeshi guys in their second hand BMWs race around the streets all the time. They seem to be able to do this with impunity as I do not see any police in the area. It is common to see these people drive at high speed in the local area as they see it as a badge of honour on their patch to show other Bangladeshis how fast they can drive. Police presence needs increasing and to put speed cameras up as I don’t know any other part of London where I ride where I come across so many out of control drivers.

  • The Awakening

    RE: “I’m glad my parents didn’t go to court to see his reactions. Words can’t describe them. He was smiling as he was being led out of court. The shocking thing is he showed no remorse. This guy is inhuman.”

    What a ‘fitting tribute’ to Parvez Rahman, from the victims’ brother.

    Parvez Rahman is inhuman.

  • llos25

    Unbelievable I think the judge should get four years for his inept sentencing and the guilty party life after all it is murder.

  • Robert French

    Life is cheap if u are a cyclist.