Two men who caused the death of a pensioner riding a mobility scooter by racing their cars along a Rotherham street have been jailed for a total of more than nine years.
Zubear Zaman, 23, of Warwick Street, Moorgate, Rotherham, was found guilty by a jury at the end of a trial of causing death by dangerous driving and was given a six-year prison sentence. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.
At the same sentencing hearing at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, Fabian Nabi, 27, of Wellgate, Rotherham, was jailed for 40 months and disqualified from driving for three years having previously entered a guilty plea to the same charge.
Their victim, a 78-year-old man was riding a mobility scooter along Clifton Lane, towards Wellgate, Rotherham on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, when he was struck by Nabi’s red Audi.
The pensioner suffered critical injuries and was taken to hospital, where he died days later.
Speaking after the sentencing hearing in Sheffield this week, investigating officer Neil Morrell, of South Yorkshire Police, condemned Zaman and Nabi for their “reckless and dangerous” behaviour that led to a death that was entirely avoidable.
Mr Morrell said: “Our condolences are with the family and loved ones of this elderly man, whose tragic death in November 2014 could so easily have been avoided.
“Mr Zaman and Mr Nabi showed no regard for the safety of themselves or others, engaging in a race along a single carriageway road with a 30mph speed limit.
“Their reckless and dangerous behaviour resulted in the death of another person and shattered the lives of his loved ones forever.
“Please let this case serve as a warning that driving dangerously or at speed can have fatal consequences, and that as a police force we will do whatever we can to bring those who drive dangerously before the courts.”