A TAXI driver has been jailed for causing the death of another motorist by leading him on a high-speed chase on Thornhill roads.
Yasir Qadoos reached speeds of nearly 70mph as he raced 31-year-old Mohammed Zaman. The chase ended when Mr Zaman crashed and was thrown through the windscreen of his vehicle.
Leeds Crown Court heard that on June 13 last year Qadoos had finished work for Dewsbury-based taxi firm Bywell Cars and was driving home when the incident happened at 9.20pm.
The court was shown CCTV footage of Mr Zaman’s blue Toyota Yaris overtaking Qadoos’s white Toyota Auris on Overthorpe Road.
Qadoos, 41, then sped up to catch Mr Zaman as he turned left onto Slaithwaite Road, before driving on the wrong side of a bollard and accelerating to 53mph to overtake him.
He slowed down to 25mph in front of Mr Zaman and then sped up again as he entered Thornhill Road.
Qadoos, of Ravenshouse Road in Dewsbury Moor, was heard in an audio recording from his dashcam saying something in Urdu which roughly translates to: “There’s a b****** doing something behind me. I will smash his car if he overtakes me, m*********** b******. I get crazy if someone overtakes me.”
Mr Zaman tried to overtake Qadoos again and they ended up driving side by side as Qadoos increased his speed to 69mph.
The victim then attempted to get in front of Qadoos as they approached a bend but he lost control of his car and hit the nearside kerb, causing the vehicle to roll over at least twice before stopping.
Mr Zaman was thrown through the windscreen by the impact and bystanders ran to his aid as he lay in the road in front of the car. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Qadoos stayed at the scene but lied to police, claiming he had only seen the Yaris just before the crash. He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
Mr Zaman’s eldest sister Shazia Akhtar read out a victim impact statement to the court.
She said: “This is a loss which will never be relieved until we die – a tragedy which devastated the whole family and changed our lives.”
Qadoos was jailed for three-and-a-half years and disqualified from driving for six years and nine months.