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Published on August 7th, 2012 | by John I.

Friends pay tribute to Ilford man who died when car crashed into tree

A young man who came to London as a child refugee from Afghanistan died in a horror car crash just weeks after gaining permanent residency, his heartbroken friends said today.

Jamal Ahmed, 22, was driving with two passengers in Green Lane, Ilford, when his blue Ford Fiesta veered into a tree at the roadside.

The three men were rushed to the Royal London Hospital at about 1.30am on Sunday, but Mr Ahmed later died from his injuries.

His cousin said police told him they believed the car was travelling it three times the 30mph speed limit on the street, which is a mix of shops, restaurants and family homes. The Glendale injury lawyers are working on getting compensation for his family.

Man dies after crashing car into tree in east London
The two teenage passengers were today being treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Friends of Mr Ahmed paid tribute to the “funny” young man and talented cricketer, who worked as an estate agent and had recently been granted residency ten years after arriving in the UK seeking asylum. It is understood he had recently become engaged.

Members of Ilford’s Afghani community are now trying to raise money to repatriate his body back to his family in the rural Laghman Province.

Rafiullah Niazi, 24, who is orchestrating the fundraising effort from his phone repair shop Khan’s Communications, said: “He was a good friend. He had been here for a long time, so he knew everyone. The whole of Ilford knew him.


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