Two men sentenced to prison for causing death by dangerous driving

Two men have been sentenced for their part in a collision which resulted in the death of a father of three.

Kulwant Singh Rai (48) and Gurdip Rai (35), both from Leicester, were sentenced to four years six months each at Leicester Crown Court today and banned from driving for 10 years.

The collision occurred on Welford Road, Leicester in the early hours of Sunday 15 June 2014. Kulwant Rai was driving his BMW 1 Series and Gurdip Rai was driving a Ford Focus, in which 39-year-old Jonilal Manjhu was a passenger.

Jonilal died in hospital after the vehicle he was travelling in left the road and collided with a tree.

Both were driving at excessive speed in a 30mph zone and an eye witness stated the cars looked like they had been racing. Gurdip Rai was one-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit and suffered serious leg injuries which resulted in one of his lower legs being amputated.

During a trial in June, Kulwant Rai was found guilty of death by dangerous driving. Gurdip Rai pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving at a hearing in 2015.

Detective Sergeant Mark Partridge from the regional serious collision investigation unit, said: “This incident has devastated many lives. Jonilal was a father of three young children when he lost his life in these very tragic circumstances.

“We hope that if anything is to come from this case it’ll be that others will think before they decide to drive at excessive speeds. You are not only putting your life at risk but also the lives of other road users.”