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Motorist Gets 7 years For 2007 Crash That Killed 4 Passengers

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (STMW) -- A northwest suburban man was sentenced to seven years in prison Monday for a 2007 crash near Hampshire that killed the four passengers in his car.

Fakir Muhammad Jaffrie, 29, of the 500 block of Silver Aspen Circle in Crystal Lake, was sentenced Monday by Circuit Judge David Akemann, according to a release from the Kane County State's Attorney's office. On Oct. 28, 2010, Jaffrie pleaded guilty to four counts of reckless homicide.

About 3:30 a.m. on Sept. 8, 2007, Jaffrie was the driver of a 2003 Infiniti G35 that was traveling west on Dietrich Road north of Hampshire, the release said. The vehicle was traveling in excess of the posted 40 mph speed limit when it became airborne, left the roadway and struck a tree.

Zohair Husain, 18, of Huntley; and Ayush Joshi, 20, of Hoffman Estates, were pronounced dead at the scene, the release said. Kumail Husain, 20, of Algonquin, died that day at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. And Henry Onwualu, 19, of Huntley, died Sept. 14, 2007, at St. Anthony's Medical Center in Rockford.

The four men were passengers in the Infiniti. Jaffrie, the driver, was treated for injuries at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin.

He made a statement to police at the scene that he was driving about 60 mph when the car became airborne, but a crash reconstruction expert determined the vehicle was traveling a minimum of 67 mph when it reached the crest of a hill and became airborne, the release said.

The vehicle traveled approximately 78 feet in the air before it crashed.

"What is not in dispute is that the defendant's reckless conduct caused the death of four people," Judge Akemann said while issuing the sentence.

By law, Jaffrie is eligible for day-for-day sentencing, and he was given credit for time served in the Kane County jail and on electronic home monitoring since his Oct. 20, 2010, plea.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2010. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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