The judge who sentenced a hit and run driver who killed 12 year old Bilal Khizar said the boy "didn't stand a chance". Zain Khan ploughed into Bilal in a bid to avoid the police, hitting him as he crossed a main road in Bradford and leaving him to die.
The 21 year old had been trying to get away from police at eighty miles an hour - twice the speed limit. The full and shocking details of the crash were revealed as Khan was jailed for seven-and-a-half years. Tina Gelder reports.
Speaking after the case, the Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley said:
"Khan's reckless actions whilst behind the wheel took the life of a young boy, devastating a family, a school and a community. It highlights to all the potential tragic consequences of driving in a dangerous manner, anywhere on West Yorkshire's roads. Our thoughts remain with Bilal's family and I hope today's sentence provides them with some closure for what must have been the an extremely emotional and difficult period."
The family of 12 year old Bilal Khizar have spoken of their "day to day struggle" following his death. They say they are "eternally grateful" to those people who were at the scene and stopped to help Bilal.
They have also thanked all the witnesses who came forward with vital information. And they have paid the following tribute to their son.
"We mourn and weep for Bilal every second of every day and would give anything to have him back. He was one in a million; kind, loving, happy, sincere, loyal, genuine, humble, caring, affectionate and most of all religious.There was never a dull moment when he was around, he was full of energy and used to make his older brothers get off their consoles to go outside and play. Bilal had such a beautiful smile that would light up a room and his zest for life for infectious. No parent, brother or sister should feel the needless pain and suffering we have endured. I
For the rest of our lives, we will have family occasions, gatherings and celebrations ruined because Bilal is missing and there is an empty chair.Only with the help of our family, friends and West Yorkshire Police have we been able to get through the many difficult months since Bilal’s death. We would also like to thank the community in the Parkside area of Bradford, the Bowling Park and Bradford Academy Schools, the media and local Councillors Sher Khan and Naveeda Ikram for their continued support.
A hit and run motorist who admitted causing the death of a 12 year old boy has been sentenced to seven and a half years in jail. Zain Khan had been speeding away from police when he hit Bilal Khizar as he crossed a road in Bradford with his scooter. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Khan admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Bradford Crown Court last month. He also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and a further count of dangerous driving. Police had pulled his car into a lay-by but, as officers got out to approach the vehicle, it made off at speed.
Police followed the car which then hit Bilal on a crossing close to an Asda store just moments later. The car did not stop but continued to the Chain Bar roundabout on the M606 where it hit two other vehicles.