A motorist who caused the death of four people in a crash as he raced on an Abu Dhabi highway has been jailed for a year and fined Dh10,000. He also had to surrender his driving licence for one year.
The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance also ordered the young man to pay Dh600,000 in blood money to the families of the victims.
Official court documents showed that the man from GCC was driving recklessly and at a high speed on one of the roads in Abu Dhabi when he lost control of his vehicle. He then crashed into another vehicle in two men and two women were travelling. All the four people in the second vehicle died on the spot.
Public prosecutors charged him with causing the death of four people in a traffic accident, reckless driving, illegal racing on the road, driving in a manner that would harm others, and damaging public property.
The man had admitted to the charges throughout his trial in court. He, however, pleaded for mercy stressing that he won’t violate traffic rules again.
The Court of First Instance found the young man guilty on all counts and sentenced him to a year in jail and fines.
He was also ordered to pay blood money of Dh200,000 to the family of each of the two male victims and Dh100,000 to each the families of the female victims.