Dangerous driver left baby brain damagedEvidence of high speed gathered from airbag

04 April 2008

A motorist could face up to two years in jail after being convicted of causing a crash which left a baby brain damaged and in need of 24-hour care.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court found Antonio Singh Boparan, 21, guilty of dangerous driving after he ploughed into a jeep carrying 11-month old Cerys Edwards in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, in November 2006.

Cerys, now aged two, suffered brain damage and remains unable to breath without a ventilator, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Land Rover

Boparan, who is reported to be the son of a multi-millionaire couple and was aged 19 at the time of the crash, was told at the hearing on Tuesday that he should expect a custodial sentence.

Boparan, of Shivalika, Roman Lane, Little Aston - a wealthy part of Sutton Coldfield - was driving his mother's high performance Land Rover at around 70mph along a 30mph road when he lost control while overtaking, a CPS spokesman said.

'He ploughed into several cars which resulted in a number of people suffering serious injuries, including a young child,' the spokesman said.

Airbag evidence

The CPS was able to gather evidence about the speed of the car thanks to a high-tech German airbag system fitted to the Land Rover, which helped estimate Boparan's speed at the time of impact.

The case is believed to be the first in the UK to use such a system as evidence in a prosecution.

Boparan will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on April 24.

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