Man high on cocaine and cannabis killed friend in 'reckless' crash on M65 near Brierfield

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He had consumed cocaine and cannabis prior to the crash.

A man who killed his friend in a "reckless" crash on the M65 after taking cocaine and cannabis has been jailed.

Mohammed , 33, was driving his white Audi A4 between junctions 11 and 12 at around 1.23am on September 29, 2021.

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His friend Irslaan Nowkhaiz was in the passenger seat. Both men were not wearing seatbelts.

Mohammed Waqas killed his friend in a "reckless" crash on the M65 after taking cocaine and cannabis (Credit: Lancashire Police)Mohammed Waqas killed his friend in a "reckless" crash on the M65 after taking cocaine and cannabis (Credit: Lancashire Police)
Mohammed Waqas killed his friend in a "reckless" crash on the M65 after taking cocaine and cannabis (Credit: Lancashire Police) | Lancashire Police

Waqas was driving at around 80mph despite the heavy rain and lost control after hitting a puddle which caused the car to aquaplane.

The Audi subsequently smashed into a tree before landing on its roof. Irslaan suffered serious head injuries and died from the impact.

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Waqas was nine times over the legal limit for benzoylecgonine (BZE, a cocaine breakdown product) and had also consumed cocaine and cannabis.

He also should not have been driving due to a pre-existing medical condition.

PC Kate Brady, of Lancashire Police’s Serious Collisions Investigation Unit said: “First and foremost, our condolences remain with Irslaan’s family.

“Waqas was driving at an inappropriate speed for the conditions on the M65 in heavy rain, he shouldn’t have been driving due to an existing medical condition, was driving under the influence of drugs, and had no insurance or MOT.

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“As a result of his reckless behaviour, his friend lost his life on that tragic night.”

After initially submitting a not guilty plea, Waqas later changed his plea to guilty to the offences of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit and causing death whilst uninsured.

Waqas, of Rhoda Street, Nelson was jailed for four years and three months at Preston Crown Court on June 4 2024.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years and three months.

“We take offences of this nature extremely seriously, and hope that this jail sentence will deter others from committing such terrible offences,” PC Brady added.