Hit and run driver jailed for killing Northampton man
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A 21-year-old man has been jailed for 26 months after he pleaded guilty to causing the death of a Northampton man by careless driving.
Mohammed Rahman, 21, of St James, Northampton, pleaded guilty to killing Stephen Swann at Northampton Crown Court at the beginning of September on what would have been the first day of his trial.
Stephen, aged 39, was a pedestrian crossing the Wellingborough Road in Northampton on the night of Sunday, May 20, when Rahman hit him with his Vauxhall Corsa, driving at an excessive speed estimated to be at least 20mph over the 30mph speed limit.
Despite the best efforts of two of his close friends who witnessed the collision, and the emergency services, Steven sadly died at the scene.
But instead of stopping, Rahman not only drove off without trying to help Stephen, but abandoned his car half a mile away from the scene.
In what His Honour Judge Rupert Mayo described as a ‘wicked thing to do’, he then cleaned his car, wiping it down and removing its number plates in an effort to destroy evidence.
Despite these attempts to hide what he had done, Rahman was arrested by police a short time later, and today, Monday, September 16, he was jailed for 26 months for causing death by careless driving and for perverting the course of justice.
Detective Sergeant Mahesh Patel, from Northamptonshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Mohammed Rahman knew he had hit someone that night but instead of stopping, he left Stephen in the middle of the road before making the calculated decision to try and destroy any evidence linking him to the crime.
“When he struck Stephen, Rahman was driving at a speed well above the speed limit, causing injuries that were so catastrophic that Stephen died at the scene, and at court today we heard from both the prosecution and the judge that Rahman’s driving was extremely careless and not far short of dangerous.
“The devastation Rahman’s actions have caused cannot be measured, as Stephen leaves behind an eight-year-old daughter and two parents, siblings, family and friends, who all thought the absolute world of him.
“I hope Rahman reflects on this this evening and I hope he is aware that his actions on that night in May have left Stephen’s loved ones completely and forever heartbroken.”