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Driver jailed over hit-and-run which killed 60-year-old in Kilburn

Victim's son: 'Our lives have been filled with nothing but sadness and misery'

09 January, 2020 — By Samantha Booth

Mohammed Muttaqabbir Miah

The son of a loved father-of-three who died after a hit-and-run by a newly qualified driver has said the family has been “robbed” of happiness and joy.

Mohammed Muttaqabbir Miah, 26, was sentenced on today (Thursday) to a five year prison sentence after being found guilty last month of death by dangerous driving. 

He was over the 20mph speed limit when he hit 60-year-old Diah Hamed Al-Safar on Quex Road by the fruit and veg stall in September 2018 as he took a corner. 

Mr Al-Safar’s young son watched as he was taken to an air ambulance and sadly the victim died three days later in hospital from a head injury.

In a victim impact statement read to Harrow Crown Court, his son Ben Casey said: “Our lives have been filled with nothing but sadness and misery. 

“The man whose life was unnecessarily and unfairly taken away was more than our father, he was the foundation of our lives. He was the sole carer for his disabled wife, the role model for his three children – youngest of who was only eight years old at the time of the horrific incident.”

They said Mr Al-Safar’s son had been buying items at the fruit and veg stall for his friend’s brother’s funeral when Miah drove onto the pavement and hit him. 

Mr Casey said: “Little did he know that the same friend would be attending his funeral less than a week later. 

“The man who brought happiness and joy to all our lives is gone. We have been robbed of future memories and future happiness and joy.

He added: “We want to remember our father not for the three days when he laid unconscious and disfigured in the hospital, but for the unconditional love and kindness he showed us for as long as we can remember.”

The court heard how Miah, from Kilburn, had passed his driving test in the same month as the fatal crash and was only driving the car for a few minutes before hitting Mr Al-Safar. 

He was in his brother-in-law’s Vauxhall Astra and drove through a red light before taking the corner. Judge Ian Bourne QC said it was not known what speed he was going but he is satisfied at the point of the crash it was in excess of 20mph. 

The court heard how after the crash he failed to stop and carried on driving about two miles to Kentish Town with a shattered windscreen and he was contacting windscreen repair companies. He was then stopped by police. 

Defending Miah, Tyrone Belger said Miah was in a state of shock about what happened. He said looking for the windscreen repair companies was “very characteristic of someone who really has not absorbed the gravity of what has just happened”. 

Judge Bourne QC said Mr Al-Sahar was an “entirely innocent, law abiding and respectable member of the public who happened to be on the pavement on that side of the road when your vehicle left the main road and at speed collided with him causing the catastrophic injuries which led to his death”.

Miah was also handed a 12 month sentence to run concurrently for admitting dangerous driving as well as a four year driving ban. He must also pay a victim surcharge. 

Detective Constable Sid Acharya from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “His actions on that day have left a family with the loss of a caring and devoted son, husband, father and friend.

“On the day of the collision Mr Al-Safar was going about his daily business and stood on the pavement near a fruit and veg stall, which many of us do on a daily basis. Little did he know that without any warning, the car driven by Miah would mount the pavement and collide with him.

 “It was a busy time of the day and luckily nobody else was killed or seriously injured by the collision or afterwards when Miah drove away from the scene dangerously. Miah had only passed his driving test within the two weeks of the day when the collision occurred and had been driving over the 20mph speed limit for the road.

 “I hope this sentence sends out a message to new and experienced drivers that they need to maintain the standard of driving required for a licence and must drive on the road as competent drivers. Not doing so can lead to imprisonment if found guilty of a serious offence such as this.”

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