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Driver who lost control of car on M11 near Harlow leaving passenger in wheelchair for life is jailed

Crime / Thu 8th Apr 2021 at 08:33am

A DRIVER who lost control of a car and crashed into a tree, seriously injuring himself and three passengers, has been jailed for just over three years.

Witnesses said Rajibul Hoque had swerved in and out of lanes to overtake and undertake other vehicles on the M11 and was travelling at speed.

But he lost control of the Peugeot 206 after he undertook some vehicles, crossed the hard shoulder and crashed into a tree just past junction 7 in North Weald.

Other drivers stopped to help Hoque and his four passengers, who had been travelling from Cambridge to London for a meal.  

One of his passengers suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralysed from the waist down. He will need to use a wheelchair for the rest of his life and also suffered a brain injury.

Another suffered a life-changing shoulder and arm injury, while a third broke his wrist. 

Hoque suffered a bleed on the brain and life-changing leg and shoulder injuries.

Only one passenger was uninjured in the collision on 13 February 2019.

During their enquiries, police found Hoque had been using his mobile phone as a satnav, secured on a bracket on the windscreen, at the time of the collision.

The car also belonged to his brother, who was on holiday at the time and had not given him permission to drive the car.

Hoque, 20, of Alex Wood, Cambridge, was charged with three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He initially denied the charges in September 2020 but changed his pleas to guilty in February this year.

Hoque was jailed for three years and two months at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday 30 March. He was banned from driving for six years and seven months.

Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Rajibul Hoque’s actions resulted in life-changing injuries to a number of people, including himself, causing a lasting physical and emotional impact.

“His reckless behaviour changed the lives of a young group of people within seconds and put their lives in grave danger.

“A split second can change lives irrevocably and this tragic case is a reminder that when you get behind the wheel, you have a responsibility for the safety of yourself, your passengers and other road users.

“Dangerous driving puts everyone at risk and the consequences do not bear thinking about.”

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