One year since St Helens Road horror crash that left community in shock

The scene of the crash in Daubhill on July 22 last year

The scene of the crash in Daubhill on July 22 last year

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

ONE YEAR ago today a community was rocked by a horror crash that left a young boy fighting for his life and 10 other people hurt.

Two racing cars crashed into a BMW 320 in St Helens Road, Deane, as hundreds of people made their way home from a mosque at about 11.30pm during the holy month of Ramadan.

Driver Mohammed Usman Patel, aged 20, of Leach Street, Great Lever, was jailed for three years and 10 months and driver Furqaan Mohmed, aged 21, of Gibbon Street, Daubhill, was jailed for two years and eight months last year.

Both admitted a catalogue of driving offences.

Mohammed Vohra, aged 20, of Mancroft Avenue, Daubhill, who initially claimed to be driving one of the cars, was sentenced to a six-month jail term suspended for 18 months after he admitted perverting the course of justice.

Victim Abdul Raheem Hussain, who was aged just 12 at the time, suffered serious leg injuries and spent months in hospital.

In the wake of the crash Bolton Council of Mosques (BCoM) contacted emergency services and Bolton Council to and between them they launched an awareness campaign to stop such a devastating incident happening again.

Police, Bolton Council, the fire service and BCoM spearheaded a series of driving awareness events at mosques around Bolton.

The final event took place last month at Bolton Central Fire Station in Moor Lane, Bolton.

At each of the events firefighters reconstructed crash rescues as police quizzed people about safe driving.

Police family liaison officers attended the final event to explain to students how they deliver bad news to people involved in crashes and the impact crashes can have.

Ibrahim Kala, chief officer at Bolton Council of Mosques, said: “If you are going to get behind the wheel of a car it’s a dangerous option and it’s a danger to yourself and to other people.

“We didn’t want to just do this for young Asian lads but were aware that some Asian lads had been involved in the crash. We were aiming at 17 to 24 year old drivers who might hire a car, might get into their mum or dad’s cars and are impressionable.”

Traffic PCSO Gareth Walker said: “Driving irresponsibly is the race with no winners. There’s always a risk to yourself or others around you. The events at the mosques were part of a pilot scheme and it made people realise what the emergency services have to witness is quite tragic. We will never know the success of the events.

“For a couple of people the events brought back memories of the crash in St Helens Road, particularly for one gentleman. People don’t realise that the driving can have serious consequences.”

PCSO Walker said people had been surprised to learn police had powers to issue warnings to drivers suspected of driving carelessly or inconsiderately.

If they are caught driving in a similar manner for a second time the car will be seized.

He said people have since asked whether the events, which are believed to be the first of their kind, can be carried out in other areas across Greater Manchester.

Bolton fire service’s borough commander Ian Bailey hailed the events as being an “undoubted success”.

Mr Bailey said: “I think it’s been an undoubted success. Instead of standing in front of young people and preaching to them about road safety the community has taken ownership.

“In terms of whether it will be a success or whether it will reduce these types of incidents we will never know what we have prevented happening. Statistics are difficult to gauge.”

Cllr Nick Peel, Bolton Council’s executive cabinet member for environmental services, said: “What happened last year had a considerable impact on those involved and the local community.

“Our aim was to try and reduce dangerous and anti-social driving in Bolton and from the feedback we’ve had, the campaign has successfully got across the message that accidents can have very serious repercussions for everyone involved.”

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10:55am Mon 21 Jul 14

BlueRay79 says...

The "awareness campaign" didn't work. Look at the events recently. Deane, Daubhill, Blackburn Road & Haliwell should have full time patrol cars.
The "awareness campaign" didn't work. Look at the events recently. Deane, Daubhill, Blackburn Road & Haliwell should have full time patrol cars. BlueRay79
  • Score: 28

11:05am Mon 21 Jul 14

thomas222 says...

Waste of Taxpayers money. Most of these accidents are by people who dont have any insurance or driving licence and dont care.
Waste of Taxpayers money. Most of these accidents are by people who dont have any insurance or driving licence and dont care. thomas222
  • Score: 25

11:24am Mon 21 Jul 14

Coleygiz says...

Obviously it didn't work for some of them. Last Friday I was stopped at traffic lights on Bradford street, a wagon was coming of at St. Peter's way and a car full of young Asians went past me through the red light and nearly hit the wagon. If any of those lads are reading this here is a bit of advice. Had anyone been crossing the front of my car there is no doubt you would have, at least, seriously injured them due to your speed and also remember that you would have come much worse off had you hit the wagon. You wouldn't have been driving off laughing then.
Obviously it didn't work for some of them. Last Friday I was stopped at traffic lights on Bradford street, a wagon was coming of at St. Peter's way and a car full of young Asians went past me through the red light and nearly hit the wagon. If any of those lads are reading this here is a bit of advice. Had anyone been crossing the front of my car there is no doubt you would have, at least, seriously injured them due to your speed and also remember that you would have come much worse off had you hit the wagon. You wouldn't have been driving off laughing then. Coleygiz
  • Score: 30

11:31am Mon 21 Jul 14

BlueRay79 says...

Coleygiz wrote:
Obviously it didn't work for some of them. Last Friday I was stopped at traffic lights on Bradford street, a wagon was coming of at St. Peter's way and a car full of young Asians went past me through the red light and nearly hit the wagon. If any of those lads are reading this here is a bit of advice. Had anyone been crossing the front of my car there is no doubt you would have, at least, seriously injured them due to your speed and also remember that you would have come much worse off had you hit the wagon. You wouldn't have been driving off laughing then.
I was coming up Wigan Road/Deane Road towards town last Friday and what appeared to be 2 soft top Bentleys passed all the traffic doing about 60/70 on the wrong side of the road! This is a 30 area.

They were all Asian and turned off towards Duabhill. I'm bloody sick of it. I know the Police are stretched, but surely having full time patrol cars on these roads would cut incidents. It only needs 1 Police car parked up on each road to act as a deterrent.
[quote][p][bold]Coleygiz[/bold] wrote: Obviously it didn't work for some of them. Last Friday I was stopped at traffic lights on Bradford street, a wagon was coming of at St. Peter's way and a car full of young Asians went past me through the red light and nearly hit the wagon. If any of those lads are reading this here is a bit of advice. Had anyone been crossing the front of my car there is no doubt you would have, at least, seriously injured them due to your speed and also remember that you would have come much worse off had you hit the wagon. You wouldn't have been driving off laughing then.[/p][/quote]I was coming up Wigan Road/Deane Road towards town last Friday and what appeared to be 2 soft top Bentleys passed all the traffic doing about 60/70 on the wrong side of the road! This is a 30 area. They were all Asian and turned off towards Duabhill. I'm bloody sick of it. I know the Police are stretched, but surely having full time patrol cars on these roads would cut incidents. It only needs 1 Police car parked up on each road to act as a deterrent. BlueRay79
  • Score: 28

1:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

SSMassive says...

Do't be ridiculous high police presence in an Asian area, the police would be accused of racism
Do't be ridiculous high police presence in an Asian area, the police would be accused of racism SSMassive
  • Score: 10

1:45pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Rememberscarborough says...

Is there any chance of giving us an update of how the young lad is doing? Too often we forget the victims of crime so it'd be nice to know how he's recovering. Hope the lad is on his way to a full recovery and wish him and his family all the best.
Is there any chance of giving us an update of how the young lad is doing? Too often we forget the victims of crime so it'd be nice to know how he's recovering. Hope the lad is on his way to a full recovery and wish him and his family all the best. Rememberscarborough
  • Score: 26

2:12pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Julian Thorpe says...

Rememberscarborough wrote:
Is there any chance of giving us an update of how the young lad is doing? Too often we forget the victims of crime so it'd be nice to know how he's recovering. Hope the lad is on his way to a full recovery and wish him and his family all the best.
We're told he's doing well. He has "lasting injuries" (we're not entirely sure what these are) but he can walk and is back at school.
[quote][p][bold]Rememberscarborough[/bold] wrote: Is there any chance of giving us an update of how the young lad is doing? Too often we forget the victims of crime so it'd be nice to know how he's recovering. Hope the lad is on his way to a full recovery and wish him and his family all the best.[/p][/quote]We're told he's doing well. He has "lasting injuries" (we're not entirely sure what these are) but he can walk and is back at school. Julian Thorpe
  • Score: -46

2:17pm Mon 21 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

SSMassive wrote:
Do't be ridiculous high police presence in an Asian area, the police would be accused of racism
They are a law unto themselves.
[quote][p][bold]SSMassive[/bold] wrote: Do't be ridiculous high police presence in an Asian area, the police would be accused of racism[/p][/quote]They are a law unto themselves. boltonnut
  • Score: 10

4:12pm Mon 21 Jul 14

farzana_ali says...

Allah give sabr inshallah
Allah give sabr inshallah farzana_ali
  • Score: 6

5:08pm Mon 21 Jul 14

mrs philainsy says...

farzana_ali wrote:
Allah give sabr inshallah
Anyone enlighten me as to what this means please?
[quote][p][bold]farzana_ali[/bold] wrote: Allah give sabr inshallah[/p][/quote]Anyone enlighten me as to what this means please? mrs philainsy
  • Score: 2

5:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

united99 says...

The little boy is doing really well, he still has to go hospital regularly as an inpatient for ongoing treatment and no doubt this will live with him for the rest off his life.
Just a miracle nobody died - I personally will never forget the scene it was carnage.
There is a big problem in bolton amongst our Asians driving high powered cars, they just get carried away and don't know their limits on when to stop - tougher sentencing is the only deterrent.
The little boy is doing really well, he still has to go hospital regularly as an inpatient for ongoing treatment and no doubt this will live with him for the rest off his life. Just a miracle nobody died - I personally will never forget the scene it was carnage. There is a big problem in bolton amongst our Asians driving high powered cars, they just get carried away and don't know their limits on when to stop - tougher sentencing is the only deterrent. united99
  • Score: -73

6:32pm Mon 21 Jul 14

dennis11* says...

What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?
What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong? dennis11*
  • Score: 3

8:43pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

united99 wrote:
The little boy is doing really well, he still has to go hospital regularly as an inpatient for ongoing treatment and no doubt this will live with him for the rest off his life.
Just a miracle nobody died - I personally will never forget the scene it was carnage.
There is a big problem in bolton amongst our Asians driving high powered cars, they just get carried away and don't know their limits on when to stop - tougher sentencing is the only deterrent.
Hire cars should not be available to anyone under 25. A hire car should only be available with 5-years driving experience an no-claims. Also hire cars should only be available to first time hire under 1.6 litres and diesel.
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: The little boy is doing really well, he still has to go hospital regularly as an inpatient for ongoing treatment and no doubt this will live with him for the rest off his life. Just a miracle nobody died - I personally will never forget the scene it was carnage. There is a big problem in bolton amongst our Asians driving high powered cars, they just get carried away and don't know their limits on when to stop - tougher sentencing is the only deterrent.[/p][/quote]Hire cars should not be available to anyone under 25. A hire car should only be available with 5-years driving experience an no-claims. Also hire cars should only be available to first time hire under 1.6 litres and diesel. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 6

8:56pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Percy Thrower says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
farzana_ali wrote:
Allah give sabr inshallah
Anyone enlighten me as to what this means please?
Something like Allah gives if Allah wills it. It's some stupid Islamic phrase, I haven't a clue what a sabr. Probably has missing letters.
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]farzana_ali[/bold] wrote: Allah give sabr inshallah[/p][/quote]Anyone enlighten me as to what this means please?[/p][/quote]Something like Allah gives if Allah wills it. It's some stupid Islamic phrase, I haven't a clue what a sabr. Probably has missing letters. Percy Thrower
  • Score: -17

9:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Up The Revolution says...

Percy Thrower wrote:
mrs philainsy wrote:
farzana_ali wrote:
Allah give sabr inshallah
Anyone enlighten me as to what this means please?
Something like Allah gives if Allah wills it. It's some stupid Islamic phrase, I haven't a clue what a sabr. Probably has missing letters.
Yes, definitely a stupid Islamic phrase !!
[quote][p][bold]Percy Thrower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]farzana_ali[/bold] wrote: Allah give sabr inshallah[/p][/quote]Anyone enlighten me as to what this means please?[/p][/quote]Something like Allah gives if Allah wills it. It's some stupid Islamic phrase, I haven't a clue what a sabr. Probably has missing letters.[/p][/quote]Yes, definitely a stupid Islamic phrase !! Up The Revolution
  • Score: -19

10:21pm Mon 21 Jul 14

timbertwo68 says...

dennis11* wrote:
What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?
I would have thought the best way to maximise income to pay for luxuries would be to claim to be destitute whilst working c ash in hand. But SURELY this can not be the case !!!!
[quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?[/p][/quote]I would have thought the best way to maximise income to pay for luxuries would be to claim to be destitute whilst working c ash in hand. But SURELY this can not be the case !!!! timbertwo68
  • Score: 4

10:22pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Gman13 says...

dennis11* wrote:
What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?
Become a drug dealer!
[quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?[/p][/quote]Become a drug dealer! Gman13
  • Score: 2

11:35pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Rimb123 says...

Sabr means patience
Sabr means patience Rimb123
  • Score: 5

2:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

united99 says...

dennis11* wrote:
What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?
Answer Dennis tel your son not to spend silly money on alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, amazing how much money is blown in just a couple of hours.
He'll save a lot of money by being wise and spending his money sensibly - I mean why do you have to go out Friday and Saturday.
I go out with my friends and family on weekends and if I can't afford to go and eat in a posh restaurant then I'll go to a normal restaurant - don't spend what you can't afford you'll go along way in life my dad always taught me that.
Unity is the key - keep the family together and help each other...don't let them fend for themselves soon as they turn 18.
I hope this helps Dennis....
[quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?[/p][/quote]Answer Dennis tel your son not to spend silly money on alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, amazing how much money is blown in just a couple of hours. He'll save a lot of money by being wise and spending his money sensibly - I mean why do you have to go out Friday and Saturday. I go out with my friends and family on weekends and if I can't afford to go and eat in a posh restaurant then I'll go to a normal restaurant - don't spend what you can't afford you'll go along way in life my dad always taught me that. Unity is the key - keep the family together and help each other...don't let them fend for themselves soon as they turn 18. I hope this helps Dennis.... united99
  • Score: 9

5:15am Tue 22 Jul 14

127001 says...

united99 wrote:
dennis11* wrote:
What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?
Answer Dennis tel your son not to spend silly money on alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, amazing how much money is blown in just a couple of hours.
He'll save a lot of money by being wise and spending his money sensibly - I mean why do you have to go out Friday and Saturday.
I go out with my friends and family on weekends and if I can't afford to go and eat in a posh restaurant then I'll go to a normal restaurant - don't spend what you can't afford you'll go along way in life my dad always taught me that.
Unity is the key - keep the family together and help each other...don't let them fend for themselves soon as they turn 18.
I hope this helps Dennis....
I take it you've seen just how expensive it can be to insure a group 20+ car for someone under the age of 25 (even 30!)? Even so many insurance companies would flat out refuse to offer their services.

The maths do not add up (you can't compare the cost to a night out once a week!)

Getting back to the subject, driving has become more of a risk around Bolton than pleasure. I've said it before but there is a small minority of people who just do not seem to care.
[quote][p][bold]united99[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?[/p][/quote]Answer Dennis tel your son not to spend silly money on alcohol on Friday and Saturday nights, amazing how much money is blown in just a couple of hours. He'll save a lot of money by being wise and spending his money sensibly - I mean why do you have to go out Friday and Saturday. I go out with my friends and family on weekends and if I can't afford to go and eat in a posh restaurant then I'll go to a normal restaurant - don't spend what you can't afford you'll go along way in life my dad always taught me that. Unity is the key - keep the family together and help each other...don't let them fend for themselves soon as they turn 18. I hope this helps Dennis....[/p][/quote]I take it you've seen just how expensive it can be to insure a group 20+ car for someone under the age of 25 (even 30!)? Even so many insurance companies would flat out refuse to offer their services. The maths do not add up (you can't compare the cost to a night out once a week!) Getting back to the subject, driving has become more of a risk around Bolton than pleasure. I've said it before but there is a small minority of people who just do not seem to care. 127001
  • Score: 4

10:45am Tue 22 Jul 14

Oblivious2 says...

Nice to see the BN racism force is out again-but hey no surprises there.

"up the revolution" and "Percy thrower" don't parade your ignorance by ridiculing something you don't understand.

Moving on...the recent incident on the East Lancashire Road highlights this is a nationwide problem, regardless or race (despite what the learned commentators of BN think)
Nice to see the BN racism force is out again-but hey no surprises there. "up the revolution" and "Percy thrower" don't parade your ignorance by ridiculing something you don't understand. Moving on...the recent incident on the East Lancashire Road highlights this is a nationwide problem, regardless or race (despite what the learned commentators of BN think) Oblivious2
  • Score: 3

7:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

dennis11* says...

Gman13 wrote:
dennis11* wrote:
What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?
Become a drug dealer!
but he is above that in both character and intelligence!
[quote][p][bold]Gman13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dennis11*[/bold] wrote: What I would like to know is how do they afford these high powered, top-of-the range models? My son, a graduate, has a good job but can only afford to drive a small economical car. I know he would rather be driving a BMW or Mercedes so maybe someone could give him some idea where he is going wrong?[/p][/quote]Become a drug dealer![/p][/quote]but he is above that in both character and intelligence! dennis11*
  • Score: -1

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