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Friday, 2 December 2016

Traffic light running Bradford cab driver jailed for horror crash which left pedestrian maimed for life

Traffic light running Bradford cab driver jailed for horror crash which left pedestrian maimed for life
Traffic light running Bradford cab driver jailed for horror crash which left pedestrian maimed for life

Traffic light running Bradford cab driver jailed for horror crash which left pedestrian maimed for life

A PRIVATE hire driver who left a pedestrian with “catastrophic” injuries when he hit her while trying to run a traffic light has been jailed.
Tariq Karamat, 46, was driving a Toyota Hiace minivan when he struck Sophie Rajput, 32, at the junction of Hall Ings and Bridge Street in Bradford city centre shortly after 5pm on March 14.
Prosecutor George Hazell-Owram told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that West Yorkshire Police collision investigators had found Karamat had been travelling somewhere between 37mph and 44mph when he drove through the traffic light, which was on amber and about to turn to red.


He hit Miss Rajput halfway across the second lane of the carriageway and knocked her “30 metres” in the air.
Witnesses reported seeing her thrown down the road like “a rag doll”.
Mr Hazell-Owram said the accident had been caused by three factors; the speed of Karamat’s vehicle, the fact he had failed to brake or deviate prior to the impact, and Miss Rajput’s decision to cross the road when the red warning light on the crossing was on.
She suffered a heart attack at the scene but was revived before being taken to hospital by air ambulance. She broke both her legs, her pelvis, a number of ribs, and suffered lacerations to her spleen and liver.
She also suffered a second heart attack in hospital and injuries to her brain. It was almost a month later, on April 11, before she was able to breathe for herself again.
Referencing a medical report from the end of November, Mr Hazell-Owram said Miss Rajput was suffering from cognitive difficulties that posed “significant problems to day-to-day living” and was likely to have long-term ongoing impairments.




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