Feb 18 2013 by Camilla Goodman, Harrow Observer
FIVE people have been sentenced for their involvement in a ‘crash for cash’ insurance fraud, which led to the death of an innocent motorist.
It was the first of its kind in the country where a deliberately-caused car crash arranged as part of a plan to commit insurance fraud led to the death of an innocent motorist, Baljinder Kaur Gill, 34, from Stanwell, Middlesex.
Andrzej Boguslaw Skowron, 25, of Shelley Gardens, Wembley, was one of the five sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday last week to 10 years imprisonment after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to commit fraud.
The crash happened at about 8.25pm on Saturday, June 11, 2011, on the A40 Western Avenue, heading out of London, between the Swakeley roundabout in Hillingdon and Denham.
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 an attempt to claim personal injury compensation.
This staged crash then led to a second collision between a Renault Traffic van and Miss Gill’s Fiesta.
Radoslaw Piotr Bielawski, 24, of Rosewood Avenue, Greenford, was sentenced to 10 years and three months after being convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and conspiracy to commit fraud. He had admitted 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 after being convicted of 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 after being convicted of doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice.
Colin Lee, 32, of York Place, Aylesbury, who was driving the Renault Traffic van, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after being convicted of causing death by careless driving. He was not involved in the plans to stage a collision.
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 are 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.”