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Teenager lost control of car while driving 'too fast' in Barkerend and killed 15-year-old passenger, court hears

Teenager lost control of car while driving 'too fast' in Barkerend and killed 15-year-old passenger, court hears

Teenager lost control of car while driving 'too fast' in Barkerend and killed 15-year-old passenger, court hears

A TEENAGER lost control of a car while driving at excessive speed on a residential Bradford street, crashing into a church wall and killing his 15-year-old passenger, a court heard.
Alleged driver Syam Khan, 19, then left the scene of the crash and claimed someone else had been driving, the court was told.
Khan and four other defendants are alleged to have conspired together to cover up his identity.
A jury at Bradford Crown Court was today shown CCTV footage of the red Volkswagen Golf sliding sideways and propelling a wheelie bin across a garden, moments before it struck the wall and railings of the church, in Gilpin Street, Barkerend, near to the junction with Barkerend Road.

Schoolboy Saliq Malik, the front seat passenger, suffered severe head and neck injuries and died in hospital more than five hours after the crash.
Prosecutor David Dixon told the jury that an accident investigator had concluded that: "The driver of the car simply lost control because he was going too fast. That led to the car rotating, sliding, and hitting the wall with force."
Mr Dixon said that, at about 11am on September 12, 2014, residents in Gilpin Street noticed a car driving at excessive speed. One, who saw it go past, estimated it was travelling at 60mph in a 30mph limit.
Witness Patricia Storr saw the Volkswagen had crashed into a parked car and the church wall and the front of the VW was "caved in."
She saw someone get out of the driver's seat. "The Crown say that was Syam Khan," said Mr Dixon.
A second male, 15-year-old Haris Khan, got out from the back of the car and was taken to hospital with a fractured pelvis and elbow.
Saliq was in the front passenger seat and was not responsive.
Mr Dixon said that within a minute or two of the accident, another car arrived, Khan got in and it was driven away. He said: "That car had been summonsed in some way to remove Syam Khan from the scene ... so his identity was hidden and he was not arrested."

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