Gants Hill driver facing jail after killing brothers in high-speed crash

The fatal crash happened on the junction between Lodge Avenue and Neasham Road in Dagenham.

The fatal crash happened on the junction between Lodge Avenue and Neasham Road in Dagenham. - Credit: Archant

A driver is facing years behind bars after killing his two best friends and seriously injuring a woman in a high-speed crash.

Ahmit Yadav, 24, of Woodford Avenue, Gants Hill, was driving his red Honda Civic up to 25mph over the speed limit when he span out of control and smashed into an oncoming Renault Clio.

Yadav’s passengers – brothers Haider Kayani, 20, and Taimur Kayani, 17, of Windsor Road, Wanstead – were killed in the collision on Lodge Avenue in Dagenham in August 2013.

Taimur, in the front passenger seat, was pronounced dead at the scene, while Haider died later in hospital.

Neither were wearing seatbelts.

Rosette Sellathurai, in the Clio, suffered bladder injuries and required surgery to remove part of her damaged intestine.

In a statement on September 9 2013, Yadav said he had been “driving normally” but noticed another car driving at speed and tried to take “evasive action”.

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Giving evidence at trial said he “thought [the accident] happened on a different road.”

He added: “It’s not true that I remember the accident, but it did come in flashbacks.

“I had sweaty dreams, I had an image of a car coming towards me and my car spinning.”

Sgt Victoria Bembo, crash scene investigator, said Yadav probably lost control after navigating a chicane placed to slow traffic.

She added: “It was a combination of an over-reaction in steering and speed.”

Forensic scientist Elizabeth Davidson said it was likely he smoked cannabis a few hours before the crash because of the presence of THC acid in his blood.

Yadav denied two counts of death by dangerous driving and one of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court today (Monday).

He was released on unconditional bail until his sentencing on April 10.