A driver who knocked down and killed a woman while speeding across a pelican crossing in Clapham has been jailed for three years.
Tshan Henry, 28 (27.09.90) of no fixed address, was sentenced on Wednesday, 6 February at Inner London Crown Court having admitted on Tuesday, 5 February causing death by dangerous driving of 22-year-old Yolanda Moore.
At an earlier hearing at Camberwell Magistrates' Court, he had pleaded guilty to failing to stop following a collision, failing to report a collision and dangerous driving post-collision.
He was also disqualified from driving for five-and-a-half years.
The court heard that on 8 August 2018 at 03:57hrs Henry was driving a Mercedes C-class southwest along Clapham Road, approaching the junction with Stockwell Road.
Miss Moore, from Poole in Dorset, who had been out with her boyfriend and friends, approached a pelican crossing outside the Swan pub.
She stepped into the road against a red man signal ahead of her friends and started to cross.
The Mercedes then struck her. She received serious head injuries and, despite the efforts of police and paramedics, died at the scene.
The car made off, leaving behind its front registration plate which had become detached during the impact.
The Mercedes was found later that morning, abandoned in Bourke Close, around two miles away. It had damage consistent with hitting a pedestrian.
Enquiries established the car was a lease vehicle and it was traced to Henry. He was circulated as wanted.
After 11 days, officers found Henry at an associate's address and he was arrested.
The collision was reconstructed by investigating officers and found that Henry had 'chased an amber light' at the junction immediately before the collision so he didn't have to stop. He had accelerated to between 51mph and 61mph in a 30mph limit to beat the lights.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Stephen Cannings, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Catford, said: "The court heard evidence that Miss Moore had been using a pelican crossing against a red man signal but Henry was going so fast he was unable to stop in time and avoid hitting her.
"He made no attempt to stop at the scene, leaving Miss Moore to die in the road, and hid out at an associate's address. Fortunately our enquiries quickly established he was driving the Mercedes that night and we were able to charge him and bring him before the courts to face justice. The Judge commented that Henry's conduct was the senseless actions of a driver who ignored the law.
"Nothing will bring Miss Moore back for her friends and family but I hope the fact Henry is now in prison brings a little comfort."
Henry was sentenced to:
- Causing death by dangerous driving: Three years' imprisonment and disqualified from driving for five-and-a-half years;
- Failing to stop: Three months' imprisonment to serve concurrently and license endorsed;
- Failing to report: No separate penalty;
- Dangerous driving post-collision (due to vehicle's condition): Three months' imprisonment, disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years, all to serve concurrently.