Two men who raced their cars at speeds in excess of 60mph in a 30mph zone leading to the death of a student, have been found guilty.
21-year-old Hina Shamin was killed instantly when she was hit by a car as she crossed the road whilst on her way to university in Kingston .
The BMW was driven by 36-year-old Farid Reza, and was carrying five children at the time of the collision.
Reza, of Surbiton Road, Kingston was today (January 26) convicted at the Old Bailey of causing death by dangerous driving and also causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a young boy inside the car suffered injuries.
Details of his sentence have yet to be announced.
The driver of the second car, 28-year-old William Spicer of Somervell in Harrow , was found not guilty of those two offences but was found guilty of careless driving.
He was given nine penalty points on his licence, a £1,000 fine and ordered to pay £500 in costs.
The court heard that at around 9pm on March 31 2015, Reza had been racing his white convertible BMW M3 against a dark grey BMW 330d, driven by Spicer, who was accompanied by three friends.
The pair were driving at speeds of around 62 to 63mph in a 30mph zone as they drove from Kingston Town Centre to Surbiton before reaching Penrhyn Road.
Sports science student, Miss Shamin was making her way to Kingston University library when she was hit by Reza's car as she crossed the road.
The BMW then crashed into a bus as it span to a stop on the pavement, meanwhile, the other driver, Spicer, continued past the incident.
Witnesses describe a motionless Miss Shamin lying on the pavement, and heard crying, seeing Reza trying to free the children from the car.
One 16-year-old was trapped inside the car and had to be cut out of the vehicle by the London Fire Brigade .
Police attempted CPR when they arrived on the scene, but sadly Miss Shamin died at 9.43pm.
A post-mortem examination found that she died from multiple injuries, including a brain injury, fractures to her arms, left leg and pelvis.
Upon arrival, police identified that five children, two 4-year-olds, an 8-year-old, a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old, had been in the car with Reza.
All of the children were taken to hospital with shock, cuts and bruises, with one 4-year-old sustaining fractures to his skull, a bone in his face, jawbone, and collarbone.
The boy has since recovered.
Upon examination of Reza's car, no child seats were found and there were only two seat-belts in the back, leaving at least two children unrestrained.
Collision investigators found that had Reza been travelling at the 30mph speed limit, he would have been able to stop in time after seeing the 21-year-old in the road.
Reza and Spicer were both arrested on April 1 2016 and April 2 2016 respectively, and subsequently charged.
Detective Sergeant Jeff Edwards, from the Met Police said: "Reza and Spicer were essentially showing off, racing each other to see who had the fastest car.
"Miss Shamin didn’t stand a chance; at the speed Reza was travelling it was impossible for him to stop in time and avoid the collision.
"Not only that but he had five children in his car whose lives he also put in danger through his incredibly reckless and needless actions. One was badly injured.
"I would like to commend Miss Shamin's family for their dignity throughout the trial, undoubtedly an incredibly difficult time for them, as well as the police investigation and prosecution teams for their tireless work to secure these convictions."
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