Dangerous driver jailed after fatal collision in Rainham

Mick Ferris

A driver who was responsible for a fatal collision in Rainham has been sentenced.

Mohammed Ali, 21, of Barnet Grove, E2, pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on Tuesday, July 14 to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by driving a vehicle whilst uninsured.

On Monday August 24 at the same court he was sentenced to five years, seven months in prison and disqualified from driving for fifty seven and a half months.

The case related to the death of Kenneth Berry, 54, from Woolwich.

At about 9:50am on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 on the A13 eastbound between Ferry Lane and New Roundabout, Rainham, Mr Berry had pulled his Vauxhall Astra on a hard shoulder, to clear debris from his vehicle.

At the same time Ali was driving a blue BMW 335D along the same road.

JAILED: Mohammed Ali

Several drivers described seeing the car overtake them travelling at speeds estimated to be over 100MPH.

As the car attempted to overtake one car it was blocked and attempted to undertake.

The BMW moved at speed from lane three, to lane one and then back into lane three.

At this point Ali lost control of the car, which collided with Mr Berry’s stationary Astra.

Mr Berry was just getting out of the car when Ali’s car struck his vehicle, he was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene

Ali, who was 18 at the time, was arrested along with another 18-year-old, who was a passenger in the BMW.

The passenger was later released with no further action.

The inquiry was led by detectives from the Met’s Serious Collison Investigation Unit.

Detective Inspector Jose-Paulo Qureshi, said: “Firstly I would like to thank the many witnesses who have assisted in this enquiry. It was as a result of their information that we were able to build up a picture of Ali’s dangerous driving.

“Ali’s speed and dangerous manoeuvring that morning led directly to Mr Berry’s death. This is a busy road and all the people using it that day were put at risk. Mr Berry has paid for Ali’s stupidity with his life,

“I am glad Ali will now face the consequences.”


Mick Ferris

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