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Driver who caused death of mum, 33, after Range Rover smashed onto tracks in 110mph A40 crash smiles as he's jailed | The Sun
A DRIVER who caused the death of a mum when he smashed his Range Rover onto train tracks at 110mph smiled as he was jailed today.
Yagmur Ozden, 33, was a passenger in the car when it ploughed into a stationary Tesla before crashing through a wall on the A40 near Ealing, West London.
The £180,000 motor then somersaulted onto Tube tracks at Park Royal station during the horror in August last year.
Rida Kazem, 23, has now been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after he pleaded guilty to causing Yagmur's death in the horror crash.
Kazem smiled as he left the dock.
The driver, whose leg was amputated in the crash, will serve at least two-thirds of the sentence and was also banned from driving for more than 12 years.
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Kazem also admitted causing serious injury to a second passenger, Yagmur's best friend Zamarod Arif, 26.
She miraculously escaped the deadly crash with a broken arm and broken leg.
Sickeningly, reckless Kazem had attempted to shift the blame to his victims by suggesting one of the women was driving.
Judge Martin Edmunds said: "I have no doubt that you were showing off to your passengers, both showing off your powerful car but also what you thought of as your superior driving skills.
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"What is all to clear is that your skills were wholly inadequate."
In an emotional victim impact statement, Yagmur's 13-year-old daughter told today how she is "still in shock".
The brave teenager, who now lives with her grandmother, said: "Sometimes I feel alone even though I have someone else with me.
"It will never be the same. I miss my mum and it's very sad I can't change what happened.
"I miss her and that I can no longer hang out with her.
"She was my best friend and I will miss the simple things like cooking pasta with her."
She also told how every time she sees a Range Rover now she remembers the horror.
The schoolgirl added: "I know my mum always wanted one and she ended up passing away in one.
"I have a constant daydream of my mum passing away. It happens every day and sometimes more than once a day.
"I blame the driver for taking my mum away. I believe he's acting like it never happened."
Yagmur's family gasped and sobbed today as footage of the collision was played at Isleworth Crown Court.
Kazem's black Range Rover Sport SVR hit a top speed of 110mph on the 40mph road before he lost control.
The 4×4 smashed into a stationary Tesla, occupied by a taxi driver who was charging the car, before ending up a "mangled heap of metal" on the tube tracks below.
Baghdad-born beautician Yagmur was declared dead at the scene around 40 minutes after the crash.
She had to be identified by police through her fingerprints after being catapulted from the car.
A post-mortem examination gave a cause of death as multiple traumatic injuries and blunt force trauma.
Kazem was placed in an induced coma after being found on the platform of the station.
His left leg was amputated and he remained in hospital for several months.
Prosecutor Nicholas Hearn said he has previous speeding convictions, including one offence for driving 95mph in a 50mph zone and was banned from driving for six months in November 2020.
Yagmur was previously described as “an angel” in tributes from her family.
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They added: “She had an amazing bond with her daughter and her daughter will always cherish those moments she had with her mum.
“She was very funny and could cheer up the saddest person instantly, putting them in a better mood.”
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