Reckless driver Awaisi killed his best friend

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BRISTOL: A dangerous and uninsured driver has been jailed for four years and eight months after he killed his best friend in a car crash then lied to police about who was driving.

Muhammad Awaisi, 23, of Winchcombe Drive, Bristol, was driving at speed and was trying to entice another driver to race him in terrible weather conditions when the Audi Q7 hit a wall at the junction of Birksland Street and Bowling Back Lane, in Bradford, on January 21, 2018, killing the person he intended to be best man at his wedding, Syed Zaeen Hassan, who was 22-years-old, the Asian Image has reported.

Police described his actions as “utter stupidity and extreme recklessness” after Bradford Crown Court heard the crash came at the end of a three day road trip with three of his friends.

Jonathan Sharp, prosecuting, said the 23-year-old borrowed the Audi from his friend and sent him a photograph of a forged insurance document when the friend asked him to send proof he was insured to drive the car.

Footage shown to the court revealed how badly Awaisi was driving as the friends made their way from Bristol to Stockport for an overnight stay, and then onto Blackpool and finally Bradford.

The Snapchat videos showed Awaisi was driving at 122mph on a motorway and, in one of the videos, he was recording while at the wheel.

Detective Constable Simon Marshall of West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team (MCET), said: “I am pleased the court process has come to an end today with the sentencing of Awaisi for his part in a truly appalling incident.