Law Courts, Birmingham`Queen Elizabeth Law Courts

Two men, who raced their cars through streets of south Birmingham, before crashing into a car and seriously injuring a woman driver, have been sentenced to time in imprisonment and disqualified from driving.

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Bashir Ahmadzai, aged 22, from Edgbaston admitted racing his VW Golf Gti along Bristol Road South against an Audi A3 Turbo, driven by Lee Round, aged 26, from  Kings Heath.

The impromptu street race took place on Friday 13th November last year and is believed to have reached speeds of over 80mph. Both drivers were seen weaving through traffic in Selly Oak before speeding off down Bristol Road South towards Bournville Lane.

A woman, aged 52, who was driving a Peugeot estate, was pulling out of Cob Lane, when she was struck by Ahmadzai’s car. Lee Round then collided with the back of the VW causing catastrophic damage to all three vehicles.

The injured driver sustained multiple injuries and was in a coma for three weeks, and spent five months in hospital recovering from the collision.

Ahmadzai, who is self-employed, pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving and no insurance and was today jailed for two years at Birmingham Crown Court and disqualified from driving for three years.

Round, a mechanic, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment and disqualified for two years and ten months.

Both will also have to take an extended driving test before they allowed back on the roads.

Sergeant Chris Ridge, from the West Midlands Police collision investigation unit, said: “Not only has this collision changed the life of the driver and her family, but also the lives of Ahmadzai and Round who are facing a considerable time behind bars. The ripple effect of their actions will also affect the lives of their own families. They have lost their liberty and employment and therefore their families will face financial hardship.

The court heard in a victim impact statement that the driver of the Peugeot sustained serious life changing injuries, from which she is making slow but steady progress.”