Girl dies 9 years after crash caused by millionaires son

first_imgLondon, Oct 20 (PTI) A young girl left paralysed and brain damaged in a horrific high-speed crash in the UK caused by an Indian-origin multi-millionaires son has died, after being on a ventilator for almost nine years.Cerys Edwards suffered catastrophic injuries when 19- year-old Antonio Singh Boparan hit a car carrying the youngster, who was 11 months old, as her family were on their way home from delivering Christmas presents in November 2006.She died in Birmingham on Saturday – a month before her 10th birthday – from complications caused by an infection.The Crown Prosecution Service said it would need a further file of evidence from the police for it to consider charging Boparan with causing death by dangerous driving.Boparans father, Ranjit Singh Boparan, is known as “The Chicken King” after founding the 2 Sisters Food Group.The girls father, Gareth Edwards said: “Cerys was a very happy little girl, whose cheeky smile would melt the heart of anyone present.A spokesman for Boparan said: “Antonio remains deeply remorseful of his actions as a teenager nine years ago and their tragic consequences.”No words can appropriately convey the extent of his sorrow and regret at hearing this terrible news today.”He sends his heartfelt condolences to Cerys family at this extremely difficult time,” the BBC quoted Boparans spokesman as saying.Boparan was doing more than 112 kmph in a 48 kmph area when he crashed his Range Rover Sport.Boparan was convicted of dangerous driving in April 2008. He was told by Judge Frank Chapman he had shown an “arrogant disregard” for safety and jailed for 21 months. He was released under curfew conditions after serving six months.advertisementA campaign by the parents of Cerys for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers, led to the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw proposing an increase in the maximum two-year jail term for dangerous driving to five years.The family were awarded nearly 5 million pounds in compensation from Boparans insurers and 450,000 pounds a year for the rest of her life.Approving the payouts, Judge Martin McKenna at Birminghams High Court said it was “one of the saddest cases” he had ever come across.Boparan was later jailed for a further year after admitting his part in a bar brawl which left a man blind in one eye.He pleaded guilty to violent disorder and assault after a 22-year-old man was injured at a bar in Birmingham, in April 2014. PTI AKJ AKJlast_img read more