Driving


A £5,000 reward has been put on the head of a driver police say ran down and killed a pedestrian.

The father of tragic Kalan Fletcher today pleaded with people who had information about Imran Skaukat’s whereabouts to come forward.

Police revealed illegal immigrant Shaukat was still likely to be in the UK and possibly using a false name to avoid capture.

Steven Fletcher, who used to live with his son in Keymer, near Hassocks, said: “Kalan’s family, friends and I want anyone with information regarding the fatal hit and run collision or the whereabouts of the driver, Imran Shaukat, to come forward.

“We believe he might be in the London area and anyone with information leading to his conviction could be rewarded with £5,000.

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A speeding driver who killed a father-of-three while driving at almost 155mph to win back his girlfriend has been jailed for seven years.

Shehzad Munir, 25, was showing off when he cut across three lanes and smashed his 4.5 litre BMW 6 series into Sukhpreet ‘Suki’ Singh Chimber’s car – sending it hurling more than 600ft up the carriageway.

The incident is believed to be one of the most high-speed fatal accidents ever dealt with on Britain’s roads.

Mr Chimber, 30, a bus driver, was driving home to his family after work when Munir’s £24,000 sports car careered into his vehicle, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

A father to three daughters aged six, five and 20 months, he  was expecting a son with his wife of eight years, Sonia, at the time of the smash on September 9, 2010.

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A thug who mowed down and crippled a man after being kicked out of a party has been jailed for 10 years.

Andrew Vanhorne, 40, revved up his Volkswagen Bora and drove at speed at partygoers standing outside a house on Markington Street, Moss Side, in revenge for a minor slight.

He ploughed into innocent bystander Carlisle Rock, 47, leaving him with devastating leg injuries.

Another witness, Claudine Henry, was also hit by the car and suffered an ankle injury. The car crashed through the front wall and into the living room before Vanhorne reversed and sped away.

The court heard that the violence came after a partygoer had teased Vanhorne about the necklace he was wearing.

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A furious motorist beat up an 81-year-old woman after he became stuck behind her as she drove along at 5mph.

Patricia Pearson was left with cut cheeks, swollen lips and lumps on her forehead as Usman Yasin, 30, slapped her across the face. And he only stopped when a passerby intervened.

Yet incredibly Yasin claimed he had only acted in self-defence, telling police she had hit him first, a court was told

Mrs Pearson was on her way to visit her husband in a care home as Yasin struggled to overtake her in a residential street in Burton upon Trent, Staffs.

But once he did, he slammed on his brakes and blocked the road.

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Victim Rebecca Caine

A YOUNG West Yorkshire woman woman killed after an asylum seeker allegedly drove the wrong way down a motorway was a university-educated aspiring model, her family said today.

Rebecca Caine, 20, from Birstall near Leeds, was a back seat passenger in a Chevrolet Matiz, when the vehicle was involved in a head on collision with a Renault Megane, coming the wrong way up the motorway, allegedly driven by Zimbabwean Wilfred Museka.

Miss Caine, known as Becky, died in the crash but the driver of the Matiz and two other passengers suffered only minor injuries.

The Chevrolet was heading east towards Leeds when the collision occurred at 3am on Sunday, near to junction 21 of the M62, near Milnrow, Greater Manchester.

Museka, 31 of Powell Street, Clayton, Manchester appeared at Bury Magistrates’ Court today charged with causing death by dangerous driving and was remanded into custody.

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Two members of a Sri Lankan gang which stole £235,000 worth of fuel from filling stations across the south of England were jailed for a total of four-and-a-half years today (FRI).

Pathmasri Sivakumar, 33, and Maruthy Ramkumar, 32, were caught red handed buying £150 of diesel using a cloned Allstar payment card by undercover police.

They were part of a huge conspiracy involving thousands of purchases at garages ranging from Bristol to East Sussex and Kent and as far north as Oxfordshire.

More than 750 litres of the fuel was stored dangerously under a block of flats in Colindale, northwest London, before it was sold off.

Sivakumar and Ramkumar, who both have previous convictions for dishonesty in this country, were linked to vehicles involved in thefts of around £143,000 of fuel.

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A van driver was chased by police as he sped through the city, ignored red traffic lights and drove the wrong way up a one-way street.

Dorin Sokoli was travelling at 50mph in 30mph residential streets in Evington and separately caused two cars to swerve.

Sokoli, an Albanian illegal immigrant, admitted at Leicester Crown Court to dangerous driving, failing to stop when required by the police and having no insurance.

He was sentenced to a two-year community order, with 100 hours of unpaid work, and banned from driving for 12 months.

The court was told the pursuit began at 8am on July 27 after officers became suspicious on seeing the defendant driving a van with car trade registration plates.

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