Two persons, including an Indian-origin man, in the UK have been jailed for killing an 81-year-old Sikh woman, who was on her way home from a gurdwara, in a high-speed crash, according to a media report.
Surinder Kaur died after she was hit by a vehicle on Oldbury Road in Rowley Regis at West Midlands county on November 13, 2022. “The days and weeks after mum’s death were really tough as well as trying to come to terms with our loss we had to deal with an ongoing police investigation.
Quoting police, the report said Arjun Dosanjh, 26, and Jacek Wiatrowski, 51, did not know each other but decided to race after pulling up at traffic lights next to each other. Both vehicles were significantly exceeding the speed limit.
According to CCTV footage, Wiatrowski, who was driving a BMW, put brakes as he spotted Kaur crossing the road, narrowly missing her. However, he caused Dosanjh, who was driving a Mini, to swerve on to the wrong side of the road, avoiding the BMW but hitting Kaur.
“Wiatrowski and Dosanjh did not know each other and were driving competitively – this dangerous and foolish action has cost a life,” said Det Sgt Chris Ridge from West Midlands Police.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday last, Wiatrowski and Dosanjih were sentenced to six years of imprisonment and banned from driving for eight years, the BBC reported.
Meanwhile, in a victim statement, Kaur’s family said: “Our mum lived a very simple life. She was a deeply religious woman and on the day of the accident, she was on her way home from the gurdwara.