THE driver of a high-powered car involved in a crash that left six people dead was doing 100mph in a 40mph zone and had cannabis in his system, a coroner has heard.
Kasar Jehangir lost control of his Audi S3 and ploughed sideways into a taxi coming the other way, Birmingham coroner’s court was told.
Cab driver and father-of-six Imtiaz Mohammed was killed with his passengers, Lucy Davis, 43, a mother-of-two and deaf sign interpreter, and her partner, nuclear physicist Lee Jenkins, 42, at 1.11am on December 17 last year.
Three of the four people in the Audi, including Mr Jehangir, suffered fatal ‘catastrophic head injuries’. Two of the men were ejected through the sunroof and two others from the car’s boot.
No one in the Audi, which had two defective tyres, was wearing a seat belt, and there was police evidence the occupants had been dealing drugs earlier that night, the inquest heard yesterday. The driver and passenger of a Toyota Yaris, which was struck by the taxi, suffered only slight injuries.
Concluding that the taxi’s occupants died as a result of a crash, senior coroner Louise Hunt said: ‘Fundamentally, the cause of the collision was as a result of excessive speed.’ She found it was likely the car’s driver was 25-year-old Mr Jehangir.
He had on him about £1,000 in cash and a post-mortem examination found he had taken cannabis, but could not establish when. The only survivor from the Audi, Zakkria Khan, 18, told the court he recalled Mr Jehangir had been driving that night but denied they had been drug dealing.
Mr Jenkins’ family said in a statement it was ‘fitting Lee would find love with Lucy — someone equally positive, full of life and who shared a love of doing things’. Ms Davis’s daughter said: ‘She didn’t deserve to be taken so soon, and should have been able to live with me, my younger brother and Lee.’ Mr Mohammed’s family said he was a hard-working ‘legend’.
Inquests into the Audi occupants, including Tauqeer Hussain, 26, and 30-year-old Mohammed Fahsha, were due today.