Driver jailed for causing crash near Skegness

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A motorist who overtook causing a collision on the outskirts of Skegness which left two people seriously injured has been jailed.

Ali Khan’s impatience at the slow speed of the traffic caused the collision near the resort, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday.

Jonathon Dee, prosecuting, said that the sheer volume of traffic heading along the A158 for the coast on the May Day Bank Holiday Monday meant that vehicles were reduced to 40mph on a 60mph limited road.

Mr Dee said that Khan pulled out to overtake in a move described by other drivers as ‘idiotic’.

Khan, who was driving a hired Vauxhall Astra, went straight into the path of a stationary vehicle waiting to turn right, he said.

He added that Khan suffered a broken wrist while Khan’s mother Fahra Khan received a number of broken ribs. Two children in the car were also injured, he continued, one seriously, along with a passenger in the other vehicle who had to undergo an urgent operation due to her serious injuries.

Mr Dee said the Astra had been hired by Khan’s mother who was the only person insured to drive it.

“Ali Khan was uncooperative at the scene and didn’t accept he was driving. It was indicated that Mrs Khan was the driver,” he said.

Both mother and son were arrested. Khan’s mother went on to tell police she was driving but during a subsequent interview admitted it was her son who was at the wheel.

Ali Khan, 25, of Newlyn Drive, Nottingham, admitted charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving without insurance as a result of the incident on May 5, 2014.

Recorder Nicholas Syfret QC jailed him for 18 months and disqualified him from driving for three years.

The Recorder, passing sentence, said: “This was a very bad piece of driving. It was so selfish. It is only good fortune that this incident did not result in death. The impression he was giving other drivers was that he was driving like an idiot.”

Farha Khan, 44, also of Newlyn Drive, Nottingham, admitted perverting the course of justice and permitting a car to be driven without insurance. She was given a nine-month jail sentence suspended for two years with 120 hours of unpaid work. She was given six penalty points on her driving licence.

Robert Egbuna, for Ali Khan, said he was a hard worker who held down two jobs working both as a taxi driver and for the post office.

He said that Khan supported his mother and urged that he be given a suspended jail sentence ‘as an act of mercy’.

“His mother views him as the rock in her life,” he said.

Simon Eckersley, for Farha Khan, said she suffered multiple rib fractures as a result of the collision.

He said: “Once she was locked into the lie at the scene it was very difficult to get out of it. She has shown genuine remorse and a real sense of shame.”

Mr Eckersley said she had no previous convictions and carried out voluntary work helping out a domestic violence charity.