Park Royal crash driver gets seven and a half years

Image above: Rida Kazem

Rida Kazem jailed for dangerous driving

A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for causing the death of a 33-year-old woman and seriously injuring a second by his dangerous driving.

Rida Kazem, of Costons Avenue, Greenford, was sentenced on 17 May at Isleworth Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to the charges against him. In addition to the prison term, Kazem has been disqualified from driving for 12 years.

The fatal collision occurred on 22 August, 2022, at around 3.48am on the westbound A40 near Park Royal Underground Station.

Kazem picked up two women nearby on Johnsons Way, NW10, and drove along Coronation Road onto the A40. After coming to a stop at a set of red traffic lights, he accelerated at an excessive speed up to around 110mph when the lights turned green, breaking the speed limit twice over.

Misjudging a slight bend in the road, Kazem’s vehicle collided with the kerb and one of the back wheels came off. Despite the impact, the car continued rolling at high speed and crashed into a stationary Tesla occupied by a man in his 50s. The vehicle then flipped over a wall and came to a final stop on the railway tracks of Park Royal Tube station.

Image above: Park Royal Station; Google Streetview

Karem refused to provide a blood sample

Yagmur Ozden, 33, was killed. The second passenger in the Range Rover, a woman in her 20s, and the Tesla driver were injured. Both have fully recovered. Kazem himself was initially critically injured and taken to the hospital, but he has since also made a full recovery.

The Serious Collision investigation Unit detectives launched an urgent investigation following the incident.  Kazem refused to provide a blood sample when requested by police, but several key witnesses provided statements to the police, and crucial evidence was furnished by a forensic collision investigator, including a complete data download of the vehicle.

Kazem had two previous speeding offenses, including  driving at 95mph in a 50mph zone and had received a driving ban, which ended in June 2022, just months before this  incident took place.

Family of Yagmur Ozden disappointed by the length of the sentence

Detective Constable Benjamin Simpson, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

“Our thoughts remain with Yagmur’s family and friends who have experienced the most tragic loss.

“CCTV footage recovered from the local area clearly shows Kazem travelling at excessive speed, and losing control of his car.

“His guilty plea was an acknowledgement that he should have known better, but this does not mitigate what he did.

“The driving he displayed in this incident was both deliberate and selfish with no regard for the public and has ultimately resulted in life changing injuries and the loss of Yagmur’s life.

“I fully understand the family’s frustration with the length of sentence handed down today. I hope that other motorists will reflect on this case and recognise that what they do behind the wheel can have tragic consequences.”