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Pair jailed for Chorlton dangerous driving incident

Two men have been jailed after they raced each other and collided with a motorcyclist, leaving him with life changing injuries, in Chorlton-cum-Hardy.

Umair Qureshi (24/07/1985) of Driffield Street, Moss Side pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene and was sentenced to 16 months in prison.

Nikash Sultan (10/08/1992) of Manchester Road, Chorlton pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was sentenced to 16 months.

Both have also been disqualified from driving for five years and will need to sit extended driving tests when the ban ends.

Both were sentenced at Manchester Crown Court Crown Square today, Thursday 22 November 2012.

On Monday 21 May 2012 at around 8.20pm, Sultan, driving a blue Honda Civic CRX, and Qureshi, driving a silver Mini Cooper with a Union Jack on the roof, were racing each other on Wilbraham Road. Witnesses said they were travelling at high speeds, overtaking each other and driving on the wrong side of the road with a number of near misses with other cars and traffic islands.

As they approached Alexandra Road South, Chorlton, they were racing side by side down the single carriageway and were confronted with traffic waiting at the traffic lights.

Sultan mounted the pavement to his left and Qureshi travelled down the centre of the road.

In an attempt to avoid a collision with a tree, Sultan swerved right onto the wrong side of the road, head on into Christopher Sinclair who was thrown from his bike.

The Honda was undrivable and remained at the scene while the Mini driven by Qureshi drove away.

Christopher was left with a spine fractured in three places and numerous broken bones.

His hip and knee cap were smashed and he is reliant on pain killers. Christopher is currently in a wheel chair and it is unknown if he will walk normally again. His speech has been affected, he no longer recognises his friends and is blind in his right eye.

A nine week investigation by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit and painstaking research of over 10,000 CCTV images resulted in Qureshi's car being identified.

Police Sergeant Lee Westhead from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "Sultan and Qureshi are two of the most selfish and thoughtless drivers I have ever encountered.

“They thought nothing of having what was blatantly a race on a busy Manchester road with no regard for the lives and safety of other road users.

“The consequences of their dreadful actions were life changing for Christopher Sinclair, a young man on his way home from work on his motorbike.

“I hope that Christopher can take some satisfaction from the sentences as he now continues to rebuild his life and physical well being.

“The patience he has shown and the support of his family is a credit to them.

“Manchester's roads are not a playground and we will hunt down and prosecute those who treat them as such.”