Hayes crash: Drunk driver jailed for 13 years after killing three teenagers at London bus stop

Jaynesh Chudasama behind wheel of Audi that mounted pavement and ploughed into group of friends

Tom Embury-Dennis
Wednesday 28 March 2018 15:53
Three teenagers dead after collision at bus stop in Hayes

A drunk driver has been jailed for 13 years after killing three boys as they walked to a 16th birthday party in London.

Jaynesh Chudasama pleaded guilty in February to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving over the incident near a bus stop in Hayes.

The 28-year-old was behind the wheel of an Audi that mounted the pavement and ploughed into a group of friends on Shepiston Lane in January.

Harry Louis Rice, 17, George Toby Wilkinson, 16, and Josh McGuinness, also 16, all died at the scene.

They had been walking towards the Goals five-a-side football club at around 8.40pm on their way to a friend’s party.

The trio attended Harefield Academy in Uxbridge until the summer, with George going on to become an apprentice electrician, Josh a labourer and Harry becoming a semi-professional footballer.

The Audi involved in the accident in Hayes

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett QC told the Old Bailey Chudasama, a car rental firm employee, had been drinking at the time of the crash and was found to be more than two-and-a-half times over the limit.

CCTV showed him overtaking another vehicle at 71mph in the 60mph zone, before losing control of the car and hitting the victims, prosecutors said.

The victims flew into the air and the defendant’s car spun around in the road, the court heard.

George died instantly, with a girl holding his hand as he lay partly on the road and partly on the pavement, while Joshua was thrown over a fence into a nearby cemetery.

Harry was carried on the bonnet of the car until it crashed into the cemetery wall, leaving him with fatal injuries.

A tribute at the bus stop where the accident happened

Witnesses described seeing their distraught friends trying to help a lone paramedic unload equipment from a rapid response car before the ambulance arrived.

Amamdeep Matharoo, 27, said: “The lads were shouting on the phone. They were saying, ‘three of our friends are dead’. They were hysterical and in pieces.”

Chudasama and a passenger got out of the car and ran towards a nearby petrol station after hitting the teenagers, being chased by two of the victims’ friends.

One of them hit Chudasama over the head with a bottle to stop him getting him away. The driver was dragged back to the scene and his friend escaped.

The teenagers were angered when an officer responding to the crash went to help Chudasama, after passing drivers mistook the incident for an attack.

Judge Wendy Joseph QC noted the boys were in a group of eight children when they were killed and that there could have been further “appalling” loss of life.

Detective Sergeant Jane Shaw said: “Three key decisions were made that night, the first by Chudasama, the driver, who decided to drive having consumed alcohol and then running from the scene, followed by the decisions of two young men who decided to stay at the devastating scene and detain him. These actions speak volumes as to the characters of the three.

“The parents of the boys whose lives were so tragically ended have, while dealing with overwhelming grief, made efforts to highlight the human cost of dangerous driving in the hope that other families can be spared the pain that they now face.

“In a matter of moments, three young lives were over. The loss is immeasurable.”

A 34-year-old man who turned himself into police two days after the crash was arrested in connection with the incident and released under investigation.

Sentencing has been adjourned until 9 March to give time for victim impact statements to be completed.

Additional reporting by PA

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