Man who killed girlfriend in Leicestershire crash tries to flee country

A man has been jailed for more than seven years after killing his girlfriend in an 100mph crash near Coleorton, Leicestershire.

Varanjot Singh-Kandola was driving the car when the collision occurred on Loughborough Road, Coleorton, on 13 January. The accident led to the death of 25-year-old Tanvi Makwana.

Singh-Kandola refused to let the police analyse his blood sample, so it is not known if he would have been over the drink drive limit.

During the case at Leicester Crown Court, it was also revealed that the 27-year-old planned to leave the country, having bought a ticket to India a few days before his interview with Police. When Police became aware of his plans, he was arrested.

At Leicester Crown Court yesterday (Thursday 22 March), he was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail. He was also given a three year driving ban to come into effect on his release and ordered to take an extended driving retest.

The 27-year-old had been driving along the road in his Mercedes 220 with Miss Makwana, a passenger in the vehicle. The incident happened just before 6am.

The Mercedes was seen overtaking another vehicle on a bend. It was then later seen in a field having struck a lamppost and the emergency services were called.

Miss Makwana was pronounced dead at the scene. Singh-Kandola was pulled from the driver’s seat by fire crews and received treatment.

When he arrived at hospital, a blood sample was taken from him to test for alcohol and illegal drugs. He gave no answer when later asked for permission to have the blood sample analysed by police.

Detective Constable Paul Bingham said: “Singh-Kandola admitted and has been sentenced for causing the death of Miss Makwana by careless driving. This was aggravated by the fact he refused to allow the analysis of a blood sample taken from him at the hospital.”

“The defendant’s extremely poor manner of driving on the day of the incident cost a young woman her life and my thoughts and sympathies remain with the family of Miss Makwana.”