Biker whose pillion passenger died in Barking crash is jailed

PUBLISHED: 14:19 19 July 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 19 July 2013

Fahim Chaudhry

Fahim Chaudhry


The man who was riding a motorbike when it crashed killing pillion passenger Marcus Best has been jailed for almost five years.

Marcus Best who died in crash in Longbridge Rd BarkingMarcus Best who died in crash in Longbridge Rd Barking

Fahim Chaudhry, 22, was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison at Snaresbrook Crown Court yesterday after being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was riding a high-performance red Suzuki motorbike, with Marcus, 20, as a passenger, when they collided at high-speed with a car making a U-turn along Longbridge Road, Barking.

According to police, witnesses saw the bike travelling at excessive speed.

Marcus, who was wearing only jeans with a casual top shot 60ft across and died from his injuries.

Flowers left at the scene of the crash in 2011Flowers left at the scene of the crash in 2011

During a trial the court hear how a paramedic first thought he was a pedestrian after finding him “lifeless” in the road, with no crash helmet and no shoes, having lost both mid air. The security strap on the helmet had been done up but was very loose.

Chaudhry, who denied causing death by dangerous driving, survived the collision on June 15, 2011 despite suffering extensive injuries.

On top of his prison sentence, Chaudhry, of Seagry Road, Leytonstone, was banned from driving for five years.

Marcus was studying motor vehicle technology at Barking and Dagenham College at the time of his death.

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