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Last Updated: Monday, 4 July, 2005, 15:35 GMT 16:35 UK
Man 'left crash girlfriend dying'
A man crashed a car by driving dangerously and fled, leaving his dying girlfriend behind, a court has heard.

Masood Sahabzada, 29, was driving a Vauxhall Cavalier which spun out of control and hit an oncoming vehicle at Birchington in Kent on 19 July 2004.

Maidstone Crown Court heard his 20-year-old girlfriend Lauren Jones died from the injuries she sustained.

Mr Sahabzada, from Afghanistan but living in west London, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard Mr Sahabzada was driving without a valid driving licence or insurance at the time of the crash.

It is a relevant feature that he had been drinking prior to the collision
John Causer, prosecuting
The jury was told he was arrested three weeks after the collision by police who had tracked him down in London.

John Causer, prosecuting, told the court friends arrived at the crash scene to find Ms Jones seriously injured in the passenger seat and another man trapped in the back of the car.

Mr Causer said Mr Sahabzada and Ms Jones had been at a barbecue before the crash and had been seen drinking alcohol, which Mr Sahabzada denied, because he is a Muslim.

He said: "It is a relevant feature that he had been drinking prior to the collision.

"His fleeing from the scene may suggest that he may have been over the limit or certainly frightened that he was over the limit."

Mr Causer said the car had been checked after the crash and found to have bald front tyres and a nail in a rear wheel, but added that experts believed the tyres were not to blame for the crash.

The trial continues.


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