Case Study

Driver Aadil Asghar jailed over Reading boy's death

Incident date: 
Tue, 21 Feb 2012

Harsh Dharmendra died in hospital after being knocked down in Kings Road, Reading, by Aadil Asghar on 21 February 2012.

Asghar was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, disqualified from driving for five years and must pass an extended re-test.

Asghar had pleaded not guilty at Reading Crown Court.

The court heard Asghar had cut up motorists at another junction in heavy traffic before driving along a bus lane and hitting Harsh.

Judge Stephen John said: “This was a wholly avoidable accident that caused a wholly avoidable death. Only you are to blame.

“By your actions that day you deprived a loving family of their son.”

Asghar had been asked to take part in a driver improvement course after an accident in the same bus lane in 2007.

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