CFG Law and RoadPeace – fighting for justice for SamiAugust 19th, 2015
August is National Road Victim Month – a campaign led by RoadPeace which aims to remember the victims of road crashes and serve as a platform to highlight road safety initiatives across the UK.
Each year, too many people lose their lives due to avoidable road collisions and those responsible for those deaths are not always held accountable for their actions.
At CFG Law, we are currently helping a single mother seek justice for her only son, after the driver responsible for his death was prosecuted on the lenient conviction of ‘Driving Without Insurance’ instead of the more fitting ‘Death by Careless Driving”.
18 year old Sami Ahmed was out riding his motorbike with a friend on 3rd June 2014, when a driver on the opposite side of the road swerved across the lane he was riding in, hitting him head on.
Tragically, the young entrepreneur, who was celebrating getting the keys to a new restaurant he had planned to open, was killed in the collision after sustaining serious head injuries.
The driver of the car, already had 6 points on his license for ‘Driving without insurance’. In November 2014, the police recommended three charges against the driver, which were 1. Causing Death by Careless Driving, 2. Causing Death while Driving Uninsured and 3. Driving a vehicle with No Insurance.
However, shockingly, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue any of the charges and the driver was summonsed for the summary charge of ‘Driving Without Insurance’. An extremely lenient charge considering that his actions took another person’s life.
Crispin Balmer, one of our serious injury solicitors, is representing Ms Momtaz in her compensation claim. He said, “Having worked on numerous road traffic collision cases, where people have been left severely injured due to the careless or dangerous actions of another road user, I was extremely disappointed to learn that on this occasion, the Crown Prosecution Service would only be charging the Defendant with ‘Driving Without Insurance’. This is an extremely lenient charge given that the actions of the driver cost 18 year old Sami his life.”
“Given that the Defendant also wasn’t present at the first hearing, showing a complete disregard for the law, and was ultimately only issued with a further 8 points on his licence, a small £215 fine and disqualification from driving for 10 months, this is in no way representative of the justice that Ms Momtaz deserves for the death of her only son. We will be working with RoadPeace to find some sense of justice for Ms Momtaz and for Sami.”
Mr Balmer went on to say, “As August is National Road Victim Month, it is an opportune time to raise awareness of this particular case.”
RoadPeace’s Amy Aeron-Thomas, Advocacy and Justice Manager said;
“RoadPeace fought for over 16 years to get death included in the Careless Driving charge. Our members know the devastation caused from lenient charges which do not mention the death.
This is not about locking drivers up as few of those convicted of Causing Death by Careless Driving are sent to prison. But it is about but basic recognition of the loss of life. Our hearts go out to the Momtaz family for the extra suffering our justice system has caused them.”