A grandmother suffered horrific life-changing injuries in a crash on the M62 after an “arrogant” driver deliberately braked in front of her mobility car.
A few minutes before the collision involving Mary Daglan’s Volkswagen Polo and a tanker 33-year-old Shamzad Iqbal had been “tailgating” and flashing his lights to get past in the outside lane of the motorway on the approach to the Hartshead Moor services.
Bradford Crown Court heard that Mrs Daglan had been travelling home with other family members after a day out when the crash happened in July 2014.
Her car was being driven by her daughter’s then partner Michael Blunn and he pulled over to let Iqbal’s hired Ford Focus go by.
But Iqbal then pulled in front of the Polo and repeatedly braked causing Mr Blunn to brake to avoid a collision.
Iqbal, of Melba Road, Bradford, initially drove off but he then waited further along the motorway where he again pulled in front of the Polo and braked heavily.
Prosecutor Michael Smith said the Polo was then struck from behind by a tanker.
“The occupants obviously experienced a massive bang, smashing glass and there was screaming,” said Mr Smith.
Another HGV driver, who captured some of Iqbal’s dangerous driving on a camera fitted to his vehicle, managed to take down the registration number of the Ford Focus and Iqbal was arrested later after he drove away from the scene.
Mrs Daglan, who had been a front seat passenger in the Polo, suffered horrific leg wounds as well as broken ribs, a broken arm and facial injuries in the crash and she had to be airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Mr Blunn suffered fractured vertebrae in the crash and his partner suffered a back injury and bruising.
One of the two young children in the back seat also suffered a minor head injury.
Mr Smith said everybody was upset and in deep shock and the driver of the tanker had also suffered psychologically after the collision.
Iqbal, who was jailed for six years for a wounding offence in 2009, finally admitted two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at a hearing earlier this month and he was jailed for three years and six months.
Judge Jonathan Rose said the injuries to Mrs Daglan had ruined her life and it was fortunate that the tanker involved in the collision was not carrying a flammable load.
“One’s imagination can easily see how if that had been a flammable load there could have been carnage and devastation on the motorway that afternoon had that tanker exploded. You didn’t think about that at all,” he told Iqbal.
The judge said Iqbal’s arrogance had caused him to use his car as a weapon against a family who were doing nothing more than return home from a joyous day out.
Iqbal was also banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended test before lawful driving again.