A crash survivor has forgiven a pal who killed his two best friends by dangerous driving.

Zahid Ali from Accrington this week admitted causing the deaths of Kasier Hussain, 16, and Sajid Khan, 19, in a smash in March.

But after Ali’s appearance in court, the other survivor Wasif Ali, 20,  said he did not blame him for the accident.

The four were childhood friends and travelling in a red BMW, being driven by Ali, which collided with a wall and two parked cars on Marsden Road, Burnley, at around 9pm on March 10.

Police said Ali had been “recklessly speeding”.

Front seat passenger Kasier and the driver were cousins. Ali, 18, of Richmond Hill Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Burnley Crown Court.

He will be sentenced at a later date.

Wasif, who suffered multiple injuries in the crash, said: “I lost my two best friends. It has been so hard these last few months.

“I get flashbacks of the crash and can’t sleep because of it. I do miss my friends every day. I miss Zahid as well. I don’t think Zahid was wrong – it wasn’t his fault.

“We did everything together, chilled and played football and were childhood friends.”

Wasif, a former Rhyddings pupil, escaped from the crash with a broken collar bone, fractured rib, leg and chest injuries.

Recalling the fatal night he said: “I remember us being together, but how it happened and why it happened, I just don’t know.

“I woke up in the car and there were police and ambulances everywhere trying to break in the door and get us out. I found out Kasier had passed away when I was in the ambulance and that Sajid had died later on.”

Sport-mad Kasier, of Ormerod Street, Accrington, was due to celebrate his 17th birthday in April.

He was pronounced dead at the scene of the smash.

Aspiring lawyer Sajid Khan, 19, of Richmond Road, died in Royal Blackburn Hospital from his injuries.

The former Rhyddings pupil was studying at Blackburn College and played for Enfield Cricket Club.

His family, of Coniston Road, have described him as intelligent, sport–loving and a pleasant young man.

His uncle, Latif Khan, said: “We have been waiting for this court appearance for a long time and are glad that he has pleaded guilty because it saves both the families having to go through a full trial with the additional heartache that brings. It is good he’s accepted his mistake.”

He added: “We don’t blame him. We blame him for not knowing better than to drive at that speed but it was an accident.

“He didn’t do it deliberately. We hold no malice towards Zahid and his family. We are moving on from our loss.

“It’s a tragic accident no one could have predicted.”

Sergeant Steve Wignall, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This was an incredibly tragic incident and my thoughts are firmly with Kasier and Sajid’s families.

“Ali’s actions that evening led to the death of two young men who had their whole lives ahead of them as well as leaving two families completely devastated.

“This case highlights the most heartbreaking consequences of reckless speeding, which played a huge part in this collision, and should serve as a strong warning to people not to drive in this way.

“Lancashire Constabulary will not tolerate this type of behaviour on the county’s roads and we are determined to bring to justice those people who choose to drive in such an irresponsible manner.”

More than 3,000 people attended Sajid and Kasier’s joint funeral at the Higher Antley Street Mosque in Accrington in March.

Sajid left two brothers, four sisters, his parents and family and friends.

Kasier left one sister, two brothers, his mum and dad, family and friends.