Blind driver on trial for biker death

Registered blind restaurant manager couldn't even recognise his own staff, court hears

A REGISTERED BLIND driver charged with causing the death of a motorcyclist of death by dangerous driving could not recognise his own staff, a court heard yesterday.

Restaurant manager Pervaiz Hussain, 44, is on trial for causing the death of Chris Mills, 27, after ploughing into the back of the motorcyclist as he slowed on his Kawasaki for a speed camera on the A647 Stanningley Bypass on July 12, 2008.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Hussain has had two operations to repair detached retinas and has been officially registered as blind for four years.

Initially, Hussain admitted he had been behind the wheel of the car, but later changed his story, claiming a work colleague was driving the vehicle. Despite his claims Hussain was the only driver insured for the vehicle.

Describing Hussain's driving as "ludicrous", David Dixon, prosecuting, said: "His chance to react was impeded by the fact that he should never have been at the wheel of that car.

"That makes his driving not only dangerous, but hideously so."

A passenger in Hussain's car, Nazir Ahmed, told the court: "He couldn't even see the customers, so how could he drive?"

The trial continues.

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