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Crash parents in driving petition

Cerys Edwards
Cerys was 11 months old when the crash happened

The parents of a three-year-old girl who suffered brain damage in a crash have petitioned the government for longer sentences for dangerous driving.

Cerys Edwards, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, has needed round-the-clock care since the collision in 2006.

Her parents Gareth and Tracey have handed a petition to the Ministry of Justice asking for the maximum sentence to increase from two to 10 years.

Antonio Singh Boporan, 22, was jailed for 21 months over the crash.

Mr Boparan, of Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, was convicted of dangerous driving in April 2008 and was released under curfew conditions after serving six months in jail.

Serious injury

The family's petition, which appears online, has been signed by about 1,300 people.

The petition says courts should "take account of cases of serious injury sustained by victims of such driving" and says maximum sentences should be closer to the 14-year maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Boparan has said in a statement that he was "very, very sorry" for causing the crash, in Streetly Lane, Sutton Coldfield, that shattered the lives of the Edwards family.

He said: "I'm painfully aware that my punishment will never compare to their suffering."



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