Eid celebrations ended in tragedy for Wakefield taxi boss- inquest told

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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 car crash, an inquest heard.

Ammer Ashraf, 31, got behind the wheel of his car after drinking with friends in Wakefield city centre to celebrate the religious festival of Eid.

The new dad lost control on a left hand bend as he was driving along Denby Dale Road, in Calder Grove, as he headed to the city during the early hours of August 21, the hearing was told.

His silver Toyota Corolla left the road and demolished a dry stone wall before overturning and ending up on its roof in a corn field.

Mr Ashraf, of Trinity Street, Agbrigg, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the rear of the car.

A lorry driver found him at about 4am and paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.

He suffered multiple injuries.

In November 2011, Mr Ashraf received a 15-month driving ban after being convicted of drink driving.

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

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

Former taxi driver Mr Ashraf was a partner in Greenline Taxis, based on Westgate.

After the tragedy, his sister Sughra Ashraf 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.”

The Muslim community brought Agbrigg to a standstill when they carried Mr Ashraf’s coffin through the streets ahead of a funeral at the Masjid Zakariya mosque, which was attended by nearly 2,000 people.