The mum of a schoolboy killed by a speeding taxi driver has told how he kissed her and said he loved her before the crash that claimed his life.
Amar Atwal, 12, died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital two days after suffering severe injures in the horror smash in Hollyhedge Road, West Bromwich.
But even in death the much-loved Great Barr schoolboy helped others - with FIVE people benefitting from organ donations.
Birmingham Crown Court heard the youngster, who attended Queen Mary’s Grammar School in Walsall, died in the crash last May. Two other relatives suffered horrific injuries.
Taxi driver Nadeem Hussain, 35, was today jailed for six years after a jury found him guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The court heard the dad-of-four was speeding and ignored Give Way instructions when he drove across the junction from Thursfield Road without stopping or braking.
He smashed into the side of a Mitsubishi Outlander carrying Amar and his relatives, which flipped onto its roof and smashed into a tree. The schoolboy - who had not been wearing a seat belt - suffered fatal injuries.
Harrowing CCTV footage was shown to the jury and captured the moment Hussain’s Vauxhall Astra came across the junction before hitting the Mitsubishi.
Hussain, from Lloyd Street, Dudley , told the court he was “truly sorry” for his actions, but a judge said he had shown no “true remorse” .
The taxi driver, who has four daughters, including a one-year-old baby, was also banned from driving for seven years and ordered to complete an extended driving test.
The court heard that Amar’s 12-year-old cousin suffered multiple leg fractures in the crash and may now be left with one leg shorter than the other.
The Mitsubishi driver also suffered a brain injury, which has left her with significant restricted eye movement and profound psychological impairment.
“You took a risk that there would not be a vehicle crossing your path. You were driving far too quickly and your driving created a significant risk of injury to others.
“The effects of what you did on that fateful afternoon will last with others for the rest of their lives.
“Despite overwhelming evidence, you steadfastly refused to accept what you had done.
“From the police interviews and the evidence you have given at this trial, you have presented as a man drowning in self-pity for your own predicament.
“I have found there is no true remorse within you for what you did.”In a victim impact statement, Amar’s mum Sukhjinder told of the last time she saw her son before the crash.
She also revealed his kidneys, heart, liver and pancreas had been donated to help save five lives and said she was “really proud that other lives had been saved by her son.
“I love him dearly and always will. We are all heartbroken by his death. All that I can hope is that his death can help others have a life.”
Mrs Atwal, who has one other son, is now campaigning to ensure everybody understands the dangers of not wearing seat belts. She added: “I don’t want anybody else to go through what we have been through.”
Prosecutor Adam Western had read the statement to the court and said: “She remembered how the last time she saw her son alive he had kissed her, hugged her and told her that he loved her.”