Rida Kazem: Driver who caused death of 33-year-old mother in 110mph smash had two previous speeding offences

A dangerous driver who crashed his car at 110mph has been jailed for causing the death of a 33-year-old woman.

Rida Kazem, 24, had picked up two women in north-west London in the early hours of the morning on 22 August 2022 before heading onto the A40 in his Range Rover.

After briefly stopping at traffic lights he accelerated away, reaching speeds of approximately 110mph, before losing control on a slight bend in the road as the vehicle collided with the kerb.

The car rolled at speed towards a car park, smashing into a stationary Tesla, with the driver, a man aged in his 50s, sitting inside. The Range Rover then flipped over a wall at speed before coming to rest on the railway tracks near Park Royal Tube Station.

Emergency services immediately attended the scene and those involved were taken to a London hospital for treatment. Despite the efforts of emergency services, 33-year-old Yagmur Ozden died at the scene.

Ms Ozden's 13-year-old daughter, Melek, said she wanted Kazem to go to jail "for a long time so that this cannot happen to anyone else".

She said: "I am still in shock. I miss mum, she was my best friend and I miss the simple things like cooking pasta and going to the park.

"We had a favourite song by Dua Lipa called Electricity that I can never listen to now. It is sad that I cannot say goodbye."

Yagmur Ozden's daughter Melek, 13, spoke to the media outside Isleworth Crown Court, London, after Rida Kazem was jailed for a total of seven-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving | Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Detective Constable Benjamin Simpson, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "Our thoughts remain with Yagmur's family and friends who have experienced the most tragic loss.

"CCTV footage recovered from the local area clearly shows Kazem travelling at excessive speed, and losing control of his car.

"His guilty plea was an acknowledgement that he should have known better, but this does not mitigate what he did.

"The driving he displayed in this incident was both deliberate and selfish with no regard for the public and has ultimately resulted in life changing injuries and the loss of Yagmur's life.

33-year-old Yagmur Ozden was killed in the vehicle driven by Rida Kazem | instagram

"I fully understand the family’s frustration with the length of sentence handed down today. I hope that other motorists will reflect on this case and recognise that what they do behind the wheel can have tragic consequences."

The second passenger of the Range Rover, a woman aged in her 20s, and the driver of the Tesla, have since made full recoveries.

The aftermath of the fatal crash in Park Royal, west London | Credit: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Kazem, whose left leg was amputated below the knee following the crash, refused to give a blood sample after being requested by police.

He had two previous speeding offences, most recently being for driving at 95mph in a 50mph road. The driving ban he was given ended in June 2022, months before this fatal collision.

Kazem was jailed at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday for seven-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years.