Sikh Family Forgives Driver Who Ran Over Their Grandmother


Usman Hussain
The family of a grandmother who died after being run over by a car on her way to volunteer at a Sikh temple say they have forgiven the driver who killed her.

Surinder Kaur Singh, 69, suffered horrifying injuries after being hit by the reversing Renault Laguna and died in hospital the same day.

But as Usman Hussain, 39, was sentenced to 250 hours’ unpaid work after admitting causing death by careless driving, her family spoke out to say they have ‘no ill-feelings’ toward the driver.

Mrs Kaur Singh’s son Jagmail, said they were now looking to move on from their ordeal.

He said: “We hold no ill-feelings towards him and hope he is able to get on with his life as well as he has a family and he has to live with what happened too. We don’t want to hold a grudge against him and we’re not going to, it won’t bring our mum back and we want to be able to move on with our lives now.”

Mrs Kaur Singh was a long-standing volunteer at the Sikh temple on Heywood Street in Cheetham Hill and was on her way to cook food for worshippers when the accident happened.

 

Surinder Kaur Singh
Surinder Kaur Singh

 

Andrew Mackintosh, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court that  on October 31 last year, Mrs Kaur Singh had got off a bus and was walking up Cheetham Hill Road towards the temple when  Hussain, who  had just picked up some food from a takeaway, began to   to reverse out of the car park and struck her.

Unbeknown to Hussain, after hitting Mrs Kaur Singh, she became trapped under the wheels of his vehicle and by-standers had to bang on the bonnet to make him aware of what had happened.

She was freed by emergency crews and rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary but did not regain consciousness and was pronounced dead a short time later. An examination of the car revealed the reverse lights were not working due to a defect. Hussain pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at an earlier hearing.

Robert Mann, defending, said it was a case of ‘momentary inattention’ from Hussain which had tragic consequences. He said: “This was not a wilful or deliberate act. There is no evidence he was speeding or driving recklessly. It was a case of momentary inattention.

“What appears to have happened is that he has been focusing on what’s happening on the road and with the bus and has not looked on the pavement, where unfortunately Mrs Kaur Singh was.

“Throughout this process he has expressed significant remorse.

“And it has had consequences for him.”

Mr Mann said married father Hussain, who cares for his daughter with learning difficulties and his elderly mother, would now lose his job.

Hussain, of Egerton Road South, Chorlton, was  banned from driving for a year and must take an extended re-test before he can get his licence back.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 court costs.

Judge David Stockdale QC told Hussain: “It was your carelessness which caused this accident. You could have seen her, she was there to be seen.

“Nothing I say and no sentence I can pass will be of comfort to her family and the community who are devastated by their loss.

“I commend the family for their patience and forbearance during this case.”

Mr Kaur Singh, 46, of Hillingdon Road, Whitefield, added: “We will never forget our mum, she was the backbone of our family and her passing was such a big loss to us and to the community as a whole.

“Now it is over we can finally have some sort of closure and we’d like to thank the police who  worked with us for all their help and support.”

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