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2 drivers drag race in residential street before crushing 9-year-old girl to death in front of her mother

By Mason White 3:51 PM January 31, 2017
Mohsen Saddique and Adil Manir
By: Alexis Bell

(Scroll down for video) Two men who raced each other in a residential area, caused the death of a young girl by dangerous driving, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Now, the two men have been sentenced to serve four years in prison at the Burnley Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving of 9-year-old Aleena Kauser on Bacup Road, Rawtenstall.

23-year-old Mohsen Saddique, who was driving a VW Golf, and 20-year-old Adil Manir, who was driving a Audi A5, were racing each other at speeds of between 55 and 64 miles per hour at around 5:00 p.m.

After almost colliding with another car, Manir mounted the pavement and struck Kauser and her mother.

Another family member was present, but was not injured.

Manir, who pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, was sentenced to four years in prison while Saddique, who was found guilty following an eight day trial at the Burnley Crown Court, was also sentenced to four years in prison.

Tom Snape, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: “This is a tragic case whereby a 9-year-old girl who was walking along the street with her mother and cousin, was hit by an out of control car and sadly lost her life.

“Mohsen Saddique and Adil Manir both undertook a very dangerous course of action by driving at around twice the speed limit in a busy residential area.

“Saddique was tailgating Manir, actively encouraging him to drive faster and more dangerously. Manir overtook him on a pedestrian crossing, which resulted in the driver losing control of his car.

“Manir then immediately swerved, lost control of his Audi and mounted the pavement before ploughing into Kauser and her mother.

“Both men showed complete disregard for all other road users when they used their cars to race with each other. Even though only one car actually struck Kauser, they are both culpable for her fatal injuries.”