"This was a tragic incident in which a young boy lost his life"
Bilal Dar, a university student, aged 24, from Hounslow, has been jailed for 27 months after he caused the death of 11-year-old Aaron Matharu by dangerous driving in 2016.
At the hearing at the Old Bailey on Thursday, June 28, 2018, Dar was sentenced to prison for his crime as well as being disqualified for six years from driving and he is required to take an extended re-test, in order to drive again.
The court heard Arron Matharu who was aged 11, tried to cross Bath Road at the junction with Berkeley Avenue in Cranford when he was suddenly struck by a black Volkswagen Polo, on September 30, 2016, at about 5.45pm.
The Polo was being driven by Dar and he was breaking the 40mph speed limit and after jumping a red light, he collided straight into the young schoolboy, who was moments away from reaching his home.
Dar did stop at the scene of the collision.
Aaron’s father who happened to be watching from his bedroom window, unfortunately, witnessed his son’s head-on crash with Dar’s car.
The police, the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance all arrived at the spot.
Aaron was immediately transported to West London Hospital but sadly he passed away at 7.10pm in the evening of that day.
It was revealed by the post-mortem on October 6, 2016, that the cause of Aaron’s death was by him suffering multiple traumatic injuries due to Dar’s car hitting him.
An investigation was launched by detectives from the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command and Dar was interviewed subsequently by attending a police building by appointment.
After a long and complex investigation, Bilal Dar was then charged on November 15, 2017, with causing death by dangerous driving.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Dar pleaded guilty to the dangerous driving offence.
Detective Constable Sejal Unadkat of the Roads and Transport Policing Command was in charge of the investigation. Summing up she said:
“This was a tragic incident in which a young boy lost his life close to his home; his father witnessed the collision from his bedroom window.
“The nature of Dar’s driving, his excessive speed above the 40mph limit and the jumping of a red light ultimately led to Aaron losing his life that afternoon.
“I would like to pay tribute to the dignity and courage shown by Aaron’s family throughout our investigation and the court process. Aaron’s family will continue to deal with the tragic loss. I hope that the sentence handed down provides them with a measure of comfort.”
Bilal Dar was studying a computer science course at the University of Reading when this tragic incident sadly took a life.