Newly-wed couple ended up in hospital on their wedding night after bride groom took friend’s £200,000 Lamborghini for a spin and crashed it when he challenged another driver to a race from traffic lights
- Ali Zaman, 26, crashed his mate’s supercar after stealing the key from his jacket
- Bradford Crown Court heard that Zaman totalled the car after getting into a race
- The owner of the Lamborghini Huracan was not insured for his friend’s antics
- The £200,000 car was crashed in the midst of Storm Dennis in February 2020
A newly-wed couple ended up in hospital on their wedding night after the groom crashed a £200,000 Lamborghini which then burst into flames, a court heard.
Ali Zaman, 26, and his bride took their wedding guest’s supercar for a spin after their marriage ceremony on February 15, 2020.
But after ‘macho posturing’ with another driver at a set of traffic lights, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, Zaman sped off and collided with the motorist he had challenged to a race.
The Lamborghini burst into flames after the smash-up and both vehicles were written off, while Zaman and his wife suffered minor injuries, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Shocking video footage taken after the crash showed the totalled supercar engulfed in flames while emergency services were seen rushing to the scene.
Zaman had taken the green Lamborghini Huracan without his guest’s knowledge, the court was told.
Ali Zaman, 26, and his bride ended up in hospital after taking their wedding guest’s £200,000 supercar for a spin before crashing it. Pictured: Footage showing the car wreckage after crash
The wedding guest securely parked the Lamborghini outside the venue and the man left the car’s keys in his coat pocket as he entered.
But when he came to leave, the man discovered the keys were no longer there.
The wedding guest thought Zaman had taken the Lamborghini and tried to call him.
The insurance policy on the supercar allowed anyone with permission and over the age of 30 to drive the vehicle.
Recorder Richard Wright QC said Zaman, who was 25 at the time, ‘did not meet any of those criteria’, and had no third party insurance, the court heard.
On the day of the wedding, Storm Dennis was in full flow and there were heavy showers, described as ‘raining sideways’ causing ‘treacherous road conditions’.
Shocking video footage taken after the crash showed the totalled supercar engulfed in flames
Zaman had taken the green Lamborghini Huracan (file photo of vehicle) without his guest’s knowledge, Bradford Crown Court heard
CCTV footage showed Zaman driving round Bradford city centre at 10.05pm for 20 minutes at relatively low speeds, the court heard.
Mr Wright said the newly-wed was driving ‘perfectly’ reasonably ‘most of the time’, until he came to a set of traffic lights on Wakefield Road.
There, he ‘macho postured’ with another car, before flying off at excess speed, then colliding with the vehicle from the lights.
The Lamborghini burst into flames and both vehicles involved in the crash were ‘write-offs’.
The other party suffered an injury to his left eye which required stitches, while Zaman and his wife also suffered minor injuries.
Mr Wright said in summary: ‘It was your wedding day, you will remember it for all of the wrong reasons because it ended with you making a reckless and stupid decision to drive around a Lamborghini motorcar about the streets of Bradford.’
He added: ‘You were macho posturing with another motorist at the side of the traffic lights in what were treacherous road conditions.
‘You set off like the clappers, reaching excess speed close to 90mph, before losing control, crashing your car and bringing injury to your new wife and injury to the gentleman at the lights.
‘It was a moment of complete stupidity on your part and the consequences of it could have been far more serious.’
Zaman took the Lamborghini (file photo) for a spin and ‘macho postured’ with a driver at a set of traffic lights, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, before speeding off and crashing with the car
The luxurious Lamborghini Huracan, which sell new for around £200,000, was written off in the smash-up, the court heard
The charge and seriousness of the crash was enough to take it over the threshold for a custodial sentence, according to Mr Wright.
But he felt it appropriate to bring it back under this due to Zaman’s good character references and background, describing it as a ‘moment of madness’ that would not be repeated.
Zaman is in full-time employment, a stable marriage and is a new and good father, according to Mr Wright.
He added: ‘You’re perhaps lucky your wife decided to stick it out with you with the way your wedding turned out.’
Zaman admitted driving a motor vehicle dangerously and also assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm.
He was sentenced to an 18 month community order, with the requirement of completing 180 hours of unpaid work in the community, disqualified from driving for a year, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.
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