FIVE people have been sentenced for their involvement in a fatal road accident in Denham.
The crash is the first of its kind in the country where a deliberately-caused accident arranged as part of a plan to commit insurance fraud led to a second collision causing the death of an innocent motorist, Baljinder Kaur Gill, 34, from Stanwell, near Staines.
The crash happened at about 8.25pm on Saturday, June 11 2011 in A40 Western Avenue, between the Swakeley roundabout and Denham, heading out of London.
Two collisions took place in short succession of each other, the first was a deliberate act where the Polish defendants used a Volkswagen Passat and an Audi A3 to perform a dangerous manoeuvre to collide with an innocent Ford Transit Van and a Ford Fiesta, in order to claim personal injury compensation.
This staged crash then led to a second collision between a Renault Traffic van and Miss Gill's Fiesta.
On Friday (Feb 15) five people involved in the fatal accident were sentenced at Reading Crown Court.
Andrzej Boguslaw Skowron, 25, from Shelley Gardens, Wembley, was sentenced to 10 years for causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to commit fraud.
Radoslaw Piotr Bielawski, 24, from Rosewood Avenue, Greenford was sentenced to 10 years and three months for causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to commit fraud. He pleaded guilty to doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice.
Jacek Kowalczyk, 32, from Fraser Road, Perivale, Greenford, was sentenced to 10 years and three months for causing death by dangerous driving, conspiracy to commit fraud and doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice.
Artur Okrutny, 23, from Briar Road, London, was sentenced to 12 months for doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice.
Colin Lee, 32, from York Place, Aylesbury, was sentenced to 12 months for causing death by careless driving. Lee was not involved in the plans to stage a collision for financial greed but was the driver of the van that fatally collided with the victim.
In a statement, Miss Gill's family said: "Our lives changed forever in June 2011 when Baljinder was killed on the A40 following what can only be described as a staged and planned "crash for cash" collision.
"She was the innocent victim of a cold blooded and calculated incident.
"The events of the evening in June 2011 will never be forgotten, our family will never recover from this tragic event which took the life of our beautiful daughter, sister and truly loved member of our family from us.
"We're relieved that after such a lengthy trial that justice has at last been served. As a united family we hope that the result of these court proceedings will prevent any other innocent person being killed or injured on the road through the greed of others."