Mohsen Saddique, 22, has been found guilty of causing the death of nine-year-old Aleena Kausar after his friend’s car that he had been racing mounted the pavement while driving at high speeds.
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Aleena Kausar was hit by an Audi A5 which mounted the pavement as she was walking to a local mosque with her mother at around 5pm on September 18, 2015.
She suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Royal Blackburn Hospital but sadly passed away a short while later.
The Audi A5 was being driven by Adil Manir, 19, who had been racing with a Volkswagen Golf which was being driven by his friend, Mohsen Saddique, 22.
Both vehicles were seen racing on CCTV and were estimated to be doing speeds of up to 64mph before the collision.
Adil Manir had pleaded guilty to the same offence at an earlier hearing but Mohsen Saddique denied causing death by dangerous driving.
Saddique has now been found guilty following a week long trial at Burnley Crown Court.
Both men will be sentenced at Burnley Crown Court on December 19.
In a statement issued after Aleena’s death, her family said: “Aleena was a sweet caring child who touched the lives of everyone she met. Our home feels empty and our hearts broken but we thank God for blessing us by lending us his angel for nine years.”
Det Insp Mark Haworth-Oates said: “This was a tragic incident which has had a devastating impact on Aleena’s family and the wider community.
“I’m sure that when Saddique and Manir set out on that journey they had no intention of hurting anyone but their actions show a complete disregard for the safety of other road users and pedestrians.
“The irresponsible and dangerous way in which they raced their vehicles, in a built up area, at a busy time of day has led to the worst possible outcome, the death of a young girl who was simply walking along the pavement with her mother.
“This case highlights the fatal consequences that dangerous driving can have and shows just how much damage and heartbreak it can cause.
“This collision will have a lasting impact on all those involved and my thoughts very much remain with Aleena’s family at this time.”