February 23rd 2023.
Two men were handed prison terms after being found guilty of causing the death of eight-year-old Safiullah Asif in a car crash on Ryecroft Road, Ashton-under-Lyme in July 2020. Kevin Jones, 36, and Thomas McGrath, 24, were both driving their cars at more than double the speed limit. Jones' black BMW struck Safiullah as he was crossing the road while playing with his brother and cousin. The child sadly passed away in hospital two days later. After the incident Jones stopped his car, while McGrath failed to do so. A Forensic Collision Reconstruction Report then revealed that Jones was travelling at around 50mph in the 20mph zone, while McGrath was estimated to be driving at an average speed of between 42 and 48mph. Prosecutor Neil Fryman stated that Jones could not have reached the speed he did without McGrath driving at the same speed just in front. (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
In the end, Jones and McGrath were both sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to four years and eight months for causing death by dangerous driving.
(Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
In July 2020, two men, Kevin Jones, 36, and Thomas McGrath, 24, were convicted for causing a fatal car crash that resulted in the death of eight-year-old Safiullah Asif. The incident occurred while they were driving their cars at double the speed limit along Ryecroft Road in Ashton-under-Lyme, Manchester. Jones' black BMW hit the child as he crossed the road while playing with his brother and cousin, and Safiullah died in hospital two days later. While Jones stopped his car after the incident, McGrath failed to stop his Volkswagen Polo. A Forensic Collision Reconstruction Report later showed that Jones was speeding at around 50mph in the 20mph zone, while McGrath was travelling at an average speed of between 42 and 48mph. The Manchester Evening News reported that the prosecutor stated that 'Had McGrath been driving sensibly then Mr Jones could not have reached the speed that he did behind McGrath.'