Death-crash driver spared jail term

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FATHER-OF-SIX who wanted to donate his organs after his death has helped two other families following a road accident just over a year ago.

Plasterer Norman Cowen, 50, suffered a fatal head injury when he was struck by Yasser Mughal’s speeding Ford Focus as he tried to cross Manningham Lane, Bradford on his way home.

Mughal, 31, who had an unblemished character, was yesterday given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, after he admitted causing Mr Cowen’s death by careless driving.

Bradford Crown Court heard Mughal had been using a ‘right turn’ lane to overtake other vehicles and was doing just under 40mph on the 30mph road when Mr Cowen tried to cross while the red man was displayed.

Mr Cowen, who had been due to marry, may have thought Mughal’s vehicle was going to turn right.

His mother Ann, who was in Australia visiting her daughter at the time, had to return home and gave permission for the life support machine to be switched off.

In a letter to the judge she said her son wanted to be an organ donor and his kidneys had been used to help two other men with families.

Mrs Cowen said it had given her some comfort knowing his death was not in vain.

Mughal, of Aireville Avenue, Shipley, sat with his head bowed as Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC said he had killed Mr Cowen in horrific and shocking circumstances.

The judge said on increasingly crowded roads everybody had to be aware of the absolute requirement to drive safely, within the speed limits and in accordance with road signs.

Judge Durham Hall pointed out that Mughal’s culpability for the collision was relatively low, but he said the harm caused was off the scale.

Mughal’s barrister Andrew Dallas said his client, who in a shocked state after the collision, was utterly remorseful.

Mughal will have to do 300 hours unpaid work is now banned from driving for the next 15 months.