A Labour Peer is to be prosecuted after he allegedly sent a text message from his mobile telephone shortly before a fatal motorway crash, it was reported. Lord Ahmed, 51, was driving his Jaguar X-type on the M1 on Christmas Day last year when it hit an Audi A4 which had stopped in the outside lane.

The driver of the other car, Martyn Gombar, 28, was killed instantly. South Yorkshire Police are said to have confirmed that Lord Ahmed is to be summoned to appear in court in connection with dangerous driving. The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years in jail. The maximum sentence for dangerous driving is two years. The police investigation has centred on reports that Lord Ahmed’s mobile telephone had been used to send a text message to a journalist shortly before the crash. It is claimed the message was sent about three minutes before the same telephone was used to call 999. Lord Ahmed said he had not been informed of the decision to prosecute him and refused to comment on claims that he had sent a text message shortly before the accident. “Obviously I am still denying anything to do with any dangerous driving and I will speak to my lawyer,” he said. The Pakistan-born politician suffered cuts and bruises in the accident. His wife, Sakina, 49, and his mother, Rashim, suffered minor injuries. Shortly after the incident Lord Ahmed confirmed that he had been behind the wheel at the time of the crash.

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