Man charged following horror smash

Motorcyclist in a wheelchair after being hit by a car allegedly on the wrong side of the road

Posted: 16 July 2012
by Visordown News

Christopher Sinclair ... wheelchair-bound

A 26-YEAR old man has been charged with dangerous driving after a horror collision in Greater Manchester that left a motorcyclist with a fractured spine and other life-changing injuries.

Umair Qureshi, 26, of no fixed address, was in a Honda Civic which was allegedly racing a Mini at the time of the accident. Qureshi's car was alleged to have been on the wrong side of the road when it ploughed into 23-year old motorcyclist Christopher Sinclair.

Sinclair was thrown from his motorcycle and has been left wheelchair-bound with a spine fractured in three places and numerous broken bones. He is blind in one eye, his speech has been affected, and he no longer recognises his friends.

Umair Qureshi is due to appear before Manchester City magistrates on 15th August.

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Wheel Chair for the Motorcyclist... Electric Chair for the Driver

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 11:43

Indeed: i'd say deathpenalty, executed real slow!!

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 12:06

Visordown-apologies if I'm missing something but by reporting the alleged race between the two cars as fact, and by stating that this guy's car was on the wrong side of the road, this article could well be seen as prejudicial under thecontempt of court act.
As a result, the publishers of visordown could end up being prosecuted themselves and and worse, this guy could get off as he could claim he's unable to get a fair trial.

I know the Daily Mail's article about the same crash didn't pull any punches but they focused on the appeal for the Mini driver and didn't give a name for the Civic driver, which is different.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:01

Learner L. Eagle has a point.
You should pull this article unless you want to risk being the reason that this guy gets let off.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:48

Don't need to pull the story - just change to say he was allegedly' racing the mini and allegedly om the wrong side of the road.

The basic rule is don't state as fact anything which might be dusputed by the defence at trial and don't publish anything about the character of the accused - both rules are there to stop potential jurors (ie anyone reading) from being prejudiced before the case.

Nothing wrong with stating basic facts but anyonbe running a news site should have basic knowledge of media law to know how far they can go.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 14:53

Mr. Q. only needs to say "I didn't see him" and he'll be off scott free.

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 23:55

I agree with boxhiller. Just has to say I didnt see him and he's got off. Just like that Jag driver and dont forget the foreign lorry driver that was on the wrong side of the road and got away with it.

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 15:25

I'd also not forget this site's penchant for omitting the other side of a story.

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 18:14

£100 says he'll be let off.

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 18:20

Hang the bastards!

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 10:25

Mr Qureshi 'of no fixed address', I'll bet they never see him again.

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 14:47

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