Millionaire's son who left baby brain damaged could face charges over her death ten years later
Cerys Edwards was left with devastating injuries after the crash ten years ago and died last year
Published 17/03/2016 | 10:13
A multimillionaire's son who left a baby girl paralysed and brain damaged following a horror car crash could be facing fresh charges after a post-mortem revealed he was responsible for causing her death.
Antonio Boparan-Singh, 28, left Cerys Edwards with devastating injuries after he ploughed his Range Rover Sport into the family's Jeep while overtaking at 70mph in a 30mph zone.
Cerys, who had just celebrated her first birthday, was thrown from her baby seat and broke her spine in the crash, leaving her paralysed.
She was unable to speak and required round-the-clock care and was permanently dependent on a ventilator following the crash in November 2006.
She underwent dozens of major operations over the following years but tragically died at Birmingham Children's Hospital on October 17 last year, just a month before her tenth birthday.
Yesterday, West Midlands Police revealed it handed a file to the CPS confirming the little girl died as a direct result of injuries caused by Boparan.
A spokeswoman for the force said: "The post mortem has concluded that Cerys died as a result of the collision. We are now consulting with CPS."
The CPS confirmed the case will now be reviewed by a specialist prosecutor.
Her father Gareth Edwards, 51, said: "I cannot turn the clock back - my daughter is gone and is six feet under - all I can do is fight for justice for that little girl.
"He has torn a family apart. Me and Tracey are currently going through divorce proceedings, she even held a separate service for Cerys, we were not even at her funeral together.
"Almost 10 years on things have got worse, not better. I live and breathe this every single day. I just want justice for that little girl."
Cerys was awarded £5million compensation in 2012, along with a guaranteed annual payout of £450,000 to help pay for her annual care bill.
At the time Judge Martin McKenna, sitting at Birmingham County Court, described it as the "saddest and most tragic case" he had ever come across.
Boparan, from Little Aston, West Midlands, was just 19 when he caused Cerys's injuries while speeding in his powerful £57,000 Range Rover in Sutton Coldfield.
The Edwards family were returning home from delivering Christmas presents when the millionaire's son crashed into them after driving on the wrong side of the road on the evening of November 11, 2006.
He could have faced 14 years in prison if Cerys had died at the time but instead served just six months in prison.
The outrage over the sentence sparked a national campaign demanding Government action.
More than 13,000 campaigners supported tougher sentences and a petition was also delivered to Westminster by Cerys's parents in July 2009.
Labour's former Justice Minister Jack Straw called the Edwards family himself to give them the news about what became known as 'Cerys's Law'.
As a result of the changes anyone convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving now faces up to five years in prison instead of the previous maximum of two.
The Range Rover Boparan was driving in 2006 was owned by his wealthy parents, Ranjit and Baljinder Boparan, who run the 2 Sisters Food Group - the third largest food company in the UK by turnover with an annual revenue of £3.4billion.
His family went on to set up the Boparan Charitable Trust in 2009, which is fronted by Boparan and his mother.
But Boparan was jailed again last year for his involvement in a bar brawl which left one victim blind.
He pleaded guilty to violent disorder and inflicting actual bodily harm after the incident in the VIP room of the Nuvo Bar in Birmingham on April 6, 2014.
Boparan was jailed for 12 months after a court heard he threw one victim to the floor and kicked him in the head.