Sunday, 24 May 2020

Student Hina died ‘after being mowed down by racing BMW driver’

LONDON: Two BMW racers were “showing off” to each other when one of the cars mowed down and killed a young woman as she crossed the road in south west London, a court heard. Farid Reza, 36, and William Spicer, 28, were allegedly driving at more than twice the 30mph speed limit before the crash in Kingston-upon-Thames which left 21-year-old student Kingston University Hina Shamim dead in March 2015. Prosecutor Deanna Heer told jurors at the Old Bailey on Tuesday: “Hina Shamim, who was 21 years old, was struck by a white BMW as she was crossing the road and killed instantly. “Having collided with her, the BMW crashed into a bus before coming to rest on the pavement.” A young child, who cannot be identified, suffered a fractured skull, jaw and collarbone in the collision, jurors were told. At the time of the crash, at around 9pm on March 31, 2015, Reza is accused of “racing” a second motorist, William Spicer, 28, who was in a dark grey BMW, jurors heard. It is said both men, at the wheel of high powered cars capable of 0 – 60mph in less than 60 seconds, were “showing off” as they hit speeds of 69mph just before the collision.

They are accused of causing the death of Ms Shamim and also causing serious injury to a young boy who was in the back of Reza’s car and suffered fractures to his skull, jaw, and collarbone. “At the time of the collision, it is alleged that Farid Reza was racing his white BMW with a dark grey BMW”, said Ms Heer. “The prosecution case is effectively that the defendants were showing off to one another.” Ms Heer said the crash happened in Penrhyn Road, outside Kingston University, which has a 30mph limit and usually busy with traffic and pedestrians. Spicer, also a Kingston University student, had gone out with three student friends to buy a pizza when he encountered Reza’s BMW on the road from Kingston town centre to Surbiton. Ms Heer said motorist Tamina Muwonge saw both BMWs overtake her, and she “watched as both vehicles accelerated harshly away in front of her along Penrhyn Road – she describes them as driving really fast.” “She saw the white car veer over to the opposite side of the road and crash,” she said. “The other car carried on past the scene of the accident without stopping.” Jurors heard efforts were made to revive Ms Shamim on the roadside but she died around 45 minutes after being struck by the BMW. Reza stopped at the scene, while Spicer returned to the crash site a short time later. Reza, of Kingston-upon-Thames, and Spicer, of Harrow, north-west London, deny the charges against them. The trial continues.

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