Drive-ban dad killed in smash was over limit

Ammer Ashraf, who was three times over the drink drive limit when he was killed.

Ammer Ashraf, who was three times over the drink drive limit when he was killed.

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A taxi firm boss who was banned from driving was more than three times over the drink drive limit when he was killed in a horror smash.

New dad Ammer Ashraf got behind the wheel of his Toyota Corolla after drinking with friends in Wakefield city centre to celebrate the religious festival of Eid.

An inquest at Wakefield heard the 31-year-old was driving along Denby Dale Road at Calder Grove towards Wakefield in the early hours of August 21 2012 when he lost control on a left hand bend.

The Toyota left the road and demolished a section of low dry stone wall before overturning and ending up on its roof around 170ft in to a field.

The inquest was told Mr Ashraf, of Agbrigg, Wakefield, was not wearing a seatbelt.

Mr Ashraf was thrown from the rear tailgate of the car.

He suffered multiple fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In November 2011, Mr Ashraf had been banned from driving for 15 months after being convicted of drink driving.

He committed a further drink drive offence in December 2011 and was banned for 20 months concurrently with the previous ban.

Recording a verdict of accidental death, Coroner David Hinchliff, told Mr Ashraf’s family: “I’m sad to say your brother really was the architect of his own downfall.”

Former taxi driver Mr Ashraf was a partner at Greenline Budget Cars based on Westgate, Wakefield.

After the tragedy, his sister Sughra Ashraf, 39, said her brother was a devoted husband to his wife Jamila and father to his 10-month-old baby son Akeel.

She said: “His son Akeel was his pride and joy. He was a loving father, son and brother who is going to be missed very dearly by his family.”

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