CHIGWELL / WALTHAMSTOW: Horrific crash survivor thanks helpers

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Mr Sherwani was lucky to survive the horrific crash. Mr Sherwani was lucky to survive the horrific crash.

A FATHER-OF-TWO who is lucky to be alive after crashing his car head-on into a concrete wall on the A406 has thanked the motorists who came to his aid.

Kevin Sherwani, 34, of Northdene in Chigwell, broke his pelvis, leg and four ribs in the horrific smash, which happened by the Crooked Billet roundabout in Walthamstow on Tuesday December 14.

Mr Sherwani, who works in recruitment but is also a leading Michael Jackson impersonator, estimates he was travelling at about 55mph but crashed after fainting at the wheel.

"I had a stomach bug and I hadn't eaten much that day, but everything seemed fine," he said.

"I was driving along coming home from work and all I remember is suddenly thinking 'oh my God I'm going to faint'.

"The next thing I knew I woke up in hospital five hours later with my wife and extended family at my bedside.

"I've never, ever fainted like that before or crashed. It's so strange."

The smash caused massive tailbacks and three other cars on the opposite carriageway also crashed when they slowed down to look.

But the outcome could have been far worse.

Mr Sherwani was lucky not to be hit by the engine of his Lexus IS200, which ended up just inches away from him on the front passenger seat.

But he said the car was so well built it protected him from other potential injuries, and he credits the brand as being one of the safest available.

He added: "I am really thankful that so many people stopped to help me while they were waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

"And I know the crash caused traffic jams for four hours. So I just wanted to say I am very aware of the inconvenience it caused and I appreciate everyone's patience."

After spending weeks in hospital, Mr Sherwani has been making a slow but steady recovery from his injuries and can now walk again using crutches.

But while his Michael Jackson impersonations have been put on hold, he remains philosophical about the ordeal.

He said: "I'm just pleased I'm alive and can spend time with my wife and children who I all love very much."

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2:43pm Thu 21 Apr 11

Barry Croz says...

Lets hope that the DVLA consider taking the licence away in case he has a similar fainting attack again. Lucky nobody else was involve as an innocent party to his fainting. I really cannot understand how anyone can know that they will faint. maybe a medical expert reader can assist?
Lets hope that the DVLA consider taking the licence away in case he has a similar fainting attack again. Lucky nobody else was involve as an innocent party to his fainting. I really cannot understand how anyone can know that they will faint. maybe a medical expert reader can assist? Barry Croz

10:49pm Thu 21 Apr 11

ching41 says...

Its nice to see that Mr Sherwani is recovering and has the decency to thank people for there help. Barry it infuriate me when you feel the need to respond to someone's misfortune in such a negative manner. I have a friend who had fits and yes she had her licence taken away. Medical experts are probably to busy doing there job to reply to you, there's a website called google, try it more time reading and less time commenting may help.
Its nice to see that Mr Sherwani is recovering and has the decency to thank people for there help. Barry it infuriate me when you feel the need to respond to someone's misfortune in such a negative manner. I have a friend who had fits and yes she had her licence taken away. Medical experts are probably to busy doing there job to reply to you, there's a website called google, try it more time reading and less time commenting may help. ching41

6:40am Fri 22 Apr 11

Barry Croz says...

ching41 wrote:
Its nice to see that Mr Sherwani is recovering and has the decency to thank people for there help. Barry it infuriate me when you feel the need to respond to someone's misfortune in such a negative manner. I have a friend who had fits and yes she had her licence taken away. Medical experts are probably to busy doing there job to reply to you, there's a website called google, try it more time reading and less time commenting may help.
I am only feeling anxious about it happening again.
[quote][p][bold]ching41[/bold] wrote: Its nice to see that Mr Sherwani is recovering and has the decency to thank people for there help. Barry it infuriate me when you feel the need to respond to someone's misfortune in such a negative manner. I have a friend who had fits and yes she had her licence taken away. Medical experts are probably to busy doing there job to reply to you, there's a website called google, try it more time reading and less time commenting may help.[/p][/quote]I am only feeling anxious about it happening again. Barry Croz

10:31am Fri 22 Apr 11

Redfox says...

As the police would be the first to nterject (were they allowed publicly to do so) anybody who "estimates" their speed is 'so & so' is erring on the side of lower than in actuality - for fear of losing public sympathy!
I agree with the first comment - "oh I feel faint", why had he not earlier pulled over to the side of the road and let the situation pass by,as any self-respecting, and less selfish person would have done to preserve not only his life, but other innocent road-users too?
This A406 slip-road section has been the scene of too many fast & furious accidents over the past 3 years - remember the car that overturned on the rise up from it about to enter the roundabout from the Woodford direction and overturned ! You could only do that if you were travelling too fast, braked too late etc, especially when the road surface is dry.
So no sympathy for this driver until we learn his actual speed on impact with the wall.
As the police would be the first to nterject (were they allowed publicly to do so) anybody who "estimates" their speed is 'so & so' is erring on the side of lower than in actuality - for fear of losing public sympathy! I agree with the first comment - "oh I feel faint", why had he not earlier pulled over to the side of the road and let the situation pass by,as any self-respecting, and less selfish person would have done to preserve not only his life, but other innocent road-users too? This A406 slip-road section has been the scene of too many fast & furious accidents over the past 3 years - remember the car that overturned on the rise up from it about to enter the roundabout from the Woodford direction and overturned ! You could only do that if you were travelling too fast, braked too late etc, especially when the road surface is dry. So no sympathy for this driver until we learn his actual speed on impact with the wall. Redfox

5:20pm Tue 26 Apr 11

Ksher says...

Hello BARRY (thanks and I am absolutely fine, just a traumatic day in the whole history of my life) and REDFOX.....Well, MY actual speed on impact for you both was about 55mph. (see I drove past a camera before the crash and it didn't flash and the police have it on record along with 3 or 4 witnesses' statements..so I think that pretty much covers it)
My response from the DVLA was that of compassion and admiration to continue driving, and quite rightly so: Have I ever caused an accident in ALL MY 17 YEARS of driving? - - - NO.
Have I ever had points OFF my licence? - - - NO
Have I ever been to court or been caught speeding? - - - -NO again.

On another note, I have had a lot to deal with these past 4 months and whilst I did not want sympathy, and only wanted to sincerely apologise to the people who witnessed this crash and thank the people who came to my assistance, I find it quite amusing that you feel the need to make such incredibly unhelpful comments (thank you ching41. My health is 100% and was 100% and I have never ever fainted in my whole life and am probably fitter than both of you, having practised martial arts for a while and being an MJ impersonator....
Anyway, back to the topic in hand, I crashed with only 2 seconds prior knowlege that i would faint.... If you know anything about fainting (which you so obviously don't) it can just happen and I can definitely vouch for that. I DO remember looking in my rear view mirror and thinking, 2right, I am going to faint, and wanting to pull over safely" I then realised I was in hospital with family around me.....
I have never fainted since and I hope to God it doesn't happen again. If however it does, I will take your advice and perhaps I will turn off the road leisurely at the next available opportunity as you so aptly suggest, and pull over whilst having only around 3 elongated seconds!
Furthermore, how would you like it if you were me, a happy, confident, family man wanting to reach out through this paper, only to read delicate and immaterial comments regarding such a horrific time in my life.

The Driver
Hello BARRY (thanks and I am absolutely fine, just a traumatic day in the whole history of my life) and REDFOX.....Well, MY actual speed on impact for you both was about 55mph. (see I drove past a camera before the crash and it didn't flash and the police have it on record along with 3 or 4 witnesses' statements..so I think that pretty much covers it) My response from the DVLA was that of compassion and admiration to continue driving, and quite rightly so: Have I ever caused an accident in ALL MY 17 YEARS of driving? - - - NO. Have I ever had points OFF my licence? - - - NO Have I ever been to court or been caught speeding? - - - -NO again. On another note, I have had a lot to deal with these past 4 months and whilst I did not want sympathy, and only wanted to sincerely apologise to the people who witnessed this crash and thank the people who came to my assistance, I find it quite amusing that you feel the need to make such incredibly unhelpful comments (thank you ching41. My health is 100% and was 100% and I have never ever fainted in my whole life and am probably fitter than both of you, having practised martial arts for a while and being an MJ impersonator.... Anyway, back to the topic in hand, I crashed with only 2 seconds prior knowlege that i would faint.... If you know anything about fainting (which you so obviously don't) it can just happen and I can definitely vouch for that. I DO remember looking in my rear view mirror and thinking, 2right, I am going to faint, and wanting to pull over safely" I then realised I was in hospital with family around me..... I have never fainted since and I hope to God it doesn't happen again. If however it does, I will take your advice and perhaps I will turn off the road leisurely at the next available opportunity as you so aptly suggest, and pull over whilst having only around 3 elongated seconds! Furthermore, how would you like it if you were me, a happy, confident, family man wanting to reach out through this paper, only to read delicate and immaterial comments regarding such a horrific time in my life. The Driver Ksher

6:18pm Tue 26 Apr 11

turbopete says...

Barry Croz wrote:
Lets hope that the DVLA consider taking the licence away in case he has a similar fainting attack again. Lucky nobody else was involve as an innocent party to his fainting. I really cannot understand how anyone can know that they will faint. maybe a medical expert reader can assist?
Good point about the DVLA. However, you will note that the article reports that the police investigated the incident - and there was no blame - it was a very sad accident.

You will also note that he was on in hospital for weeks. The medical staff also confirmed that he was an unfortunate victim of a bug.

It was lucky that no one else was involved with the accident. It is probably due to Kevin's quick reactions upon realising that he was feeling ill and probably due to his sensible speed as well.

As for faining attacks, the report does not say he had fainting attacks. If he had regular fainting attacks I doubt he would risk driving given that to contiue would undoubtedly end in his death.
Lucky nobody else was involve as an innocent party to his fainting.

Of course someone can feel like they are going to faint. Have you never come over queasy and thought "hang on a minute - i don't feel too good".

Barry Croz - you are a prize plonker. Go back to being anxious about your life which is so empty you have time to write poisonous drivel about some poor guy who crashed his car and nearly died.
[quote][p][bold]Barry Croz[/bold] wrote: Lets hope that the DVLA consider taking the licence away in case he has a similar fainting attack again. Lucky nobody else was involve as an innocent party to his fainting. I really cannot understand how anyone can know that they will faint. maybe a medical expert reader can assist?[/p][/quote]Good point about the DVLA. However, you will note that the article reports that the police investigated the incident - and there was no blame - it was a very sad accident. You will also note that he was on in hospital for weeks. The medical staff also confirmed that he was an unfortunate victim of a bug. It was lucky that no one else was involved with the accident. It is probably due to Kevin's quick reactions upon realising that he was feeling ill and probably due to his sensible speed as well. As for faining attacks, the report does not say he had fainting attacks. If he had regular fainting attacks I doubt he would risk driving given that to contiue would undoubtedly end in his death. Lucky nobody else was involve as an innocent party to his fainting. Of course someone can feel like they are going to faint. Have you never come over queasy and thought "hang on a minute - i don't feel too good". Barry Croz - you are a prize plonker. Go back to being anxious about your life which is so empty you have time to write poisonous drivel about some poor guy who crashed his car and nearly died. turbopete

6:40pm Tue 26 Apr 11

turbopete says...

Redfox. Are you related to Crox plonker?

The police are allowed to publically interject where a driver has crashed due to dangerous driving. They do it in a place called a court with the help of the crown prosecution service. You will note the article doesn't mention any court case - becase the accident was investigated by the police. That is why the road was closed for a while.

The estimated speed was made by the police. Not Kevin. He was unconscous. It was also rush hour traffic. I spend my life driving in rush hour traffic and it isn't possible to drive at any speed in such busy traffic.

Thank goodness that there are decnt sympathtic people around who helped Mr Sherwani. If the world was full of people like you the road would still be blocked, no doubt with kevins body still in the car and muppets like you swerving around the road trying to get to your destination. You have been suckered into believing what the government wants you to believe - all accidents are caused by speed - and the answer is to fine everyone.
Redfox. Are you related to Crox plonker? The police are allowed to publically interject where a driver has crashed due to dangerous driving. They do it in a place called a court with the help of the crown prosecution service. You will note the article doesn't mention any court case - becase the accident was investigated by the police. That is why the road was closed for a while. The estimated speed was made by the police. Not Kevin. He was unconscous. It was also rush hour traffic. I spend my life driving in rush hour traffic and it isn't possible to drive at any speed in such busy traffic. Thank goodness that there are decnt sympathtic people around who helped Mr Sherwani. If the world was full of people like you the road would still be blocked, no doubt with kevins body still in the car and muppets like you swerving around the road trying to get to your destination. You have been suckered into believing what the government wants you to believe - all accidents are caused by speed - and the answer is to fine everyone. turbopete

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