A 16-year-old schoolboy who became obsessed with sports cars died after crashing his BMW that he secretly purchased, without his family knowing, into a tree while overtaking another vehicle, an inquest held into his death heard.
Mohammed Toheed, who was only 16 at the time of the accident and a year 11 pupil, had no driving training but managed to purchase the BMW 318SE possibly from money that he had saved up from working at a car wash.
On April 7 earlier this year he took the car out for a drive through his hometown of Burnley and was speeding at 70mph in a 30mph zone.
He lost control of the vehicle as he tried to overtake a Peugeot and was faced with an oncoming car.
To avoid crashing into the oncoming car he made a sharp left which caused the BMW to spin 180 degrees before crashing into a tree.
Firefighters took 90 minutes to free Toheed from the mangled vehicle but he was pronounced dead a short while later he Royal Blackburn Hospital.
A post mortem examination revealed he suffered numerous injuries including a broken neck, internal bruising and fractures to his wrists.
During an inquest held this week in Burnley, his sister Syeedy Nefasa said: ‘In the last summer I know that he started working at a car wash in Nelson. It was around that time that he began to get passionate about cars.
‘It could be said that he was obsessed by the sports cars.’
‘None of my family knew that he owned the BMW, or that he even knew how to operate a car. No one in the family had ever showed him how to. He did not get much spending money so we don’t know how he bought the car.’
“He will be missed by all the family.”
The driver of the Peugeot, Lauren Doyle, said: ‘I noticed headlights behind me and a car travelling at excessive speed.’
‘It was a dark car that was trying to overtake, and then I saw another car on the opposite side of the road.’
‘I slowed down to almost a stop, and did not think that the other car would think they could do the manoeuvre. The car carried on to the opposite side of the road and the other car pulled over into a small gated area.’
‘But the dark car swerved sharply back on to the right side of the road. It was too sharp and the car began turning in a 180 degrees.’
Joseph Whittaker, was travelling along the 30mph Ridge Avenue when he was overtaken by Toheed.
He said in a statement read to the court: “He was driving over 50mph beyond me very quickly.
“The overtaking vehicle was very erratic and travelling too fast for what he was doing.”
Recording a conclusion of accidental death, Assistant Coroner Mark Williams said: ‘The vehicle was legitimately owned by him, as legitimately as it possibly can be by a 16 year old.
‘At 16 he should not have been driving and should not have been on the road..
‘Mohammed was a 16 year old boy who was loved by his family and friends but tragically lost his life.’
‘He was driving the BMW, he was overtaking one vehicle and one was coming in the opposite direction. He ended up in a 180 degree spin hitting the side of a tree.’
‘That caused significant and immediate injury to him.’
He was a young boy who was driving a motorised vehicle which he should not have been, he had no experience driving or being on a road, and it was the driving that caused the collision and caused his death.’