Raheem Raja, 22, Jailed for Racing, Left Dad and Son with multiple serious injuries

Raheem Raja, 22, of Green Lane, Bolton and Julian Bennett, 20, of Vetch Close, Warrington, have been locked up for 14 and 15 months respectively for their part in the incident in Salford, which left a father with multiple serious injuries, and his 12-year-old son with a broken wrist and feeling traumatised.

The pair had been at a friend’s house, and were later planning to travel to a shisha bar in Manchester.

Bennett was driving a black Vauxhall Astra, and Raja, was driving a silver Vauxhall Vectra. They began to race each other on the road, which varies from a 30mph limit to a 50mph limit further ahead.

Bennett moved from ‘side to ‘side’ to try and block Raja from overtaking him, the court heard.

The victim was driving his Ford Mondeo car on the correct side of the road travelling towards the pair.

His 12-year-old son was sat in the back passenger seat, as his dad had papers stored on the front passenger seat, the court was told.

Raja crashed into the Mondeo while he was on the wrong side of the road. The collision caused the Mondeo to spin, and it came to rest on a nearby verge. Bennett stopped at the scene as police arrived.

The victim was trapped in the car at first. He was later rushed to Salford Royal suffering from four fractured ribs, bruising behind the sternum, bruising to the right kidney, bruising to the right lung, an injury to the heart and a dislocated and fractured hip which required surgery.

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