Death crash driver ban is reduced

Khaled Amini
Khaled Amini
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A WIGAN motorist whose “momentary inattention” cost the life of a much loved family man on Valentine’s Day had his driving ban cut by top judges.

Khaled Amini, of Linden Avenue, Orrell, received a community sentence of 200 hours unpaid work at Coventry Crown Court in February after he admitted causing death by careless driving. He was also banned from driving for 30 months.

Amini’s victim was Steve Haycock, a 61-year-old father-of-two of St James Garden, Bulkington, near Bedworth, who died of injuries sustained in the tragedy, on February 14 2010.

London’s Appeal Court heard Amini’s Peugeot 306 collided with Mr Haycock’s Suzuki Wagon-R on the exit from a bend on the B4109 Hinckley Road, at Wolvey, Warwickshire.

Amini’s wife was severely injured in the accident, although his two children emerged physically unscathed.

Judge William Davis QC, sitting in the Appeal Court with Lord Justice Pitchford and Mr Justice Lloyd Jones, said the accident occurred when Amini “drove onto the wrong side of the road into the path” of Mr Haycock’s car.

The judge who sentenced Amini said he was guilty of “momentary inattention” and Judge Davis said today: “Mr Amini lost control for reasons which no one will ever know.”

Amini’s case reached the Appeal Court as he challenged the length of his driving ban, which the court slashed from 30 to 18 months.

Judge Davis said Mr Haycock had been loved and respected and was utterly blameless in relation to the crash. However, Amini was not guilty of a prolonged piece of poor driving, he added. His sentence had to take account of the grave consequences of his actions, said the judge, but the 30-month disqualification was excessive, he concluded, substituting the 18-month ban.