Anthony Howell told police that his car hadn't hit anyone
A Wimbledon man who failed to stop after his car hit and killed a pedestrian in the early hours of the morning has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Anthony Howell, aged 32, of Worple Road, was sentenced to ten months imprisonment, suspended for two years, after a court heard he told police he did not hit anyone with his car.
Howell was also handed a five-year driving ban when he appeared at Kingston Crown court yesterday (December 21), ordered to work unpaid for 260 hours and a curfew was imposed.
Howell was convicted at the same court on November 28, to charges of careless/inconsiderate driving and committing an act with intent to pervert the course of justice following a week long trial.
The court heard that on May 2 2015, shortly after 3am, Howell was driving a silver Vauxhall Insignia along Doctor Johnson Avenue in Tooting when he was involved in a collision with a pedestrian at the junction with Tooting Bec Road during a right hand turn manoeuvre.
The victim, 31-year-old Abdinajib Awale, from Streatham, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post-mortem examination took place on May 4 2015 at St George’s Hospital and gave the cause of death as a head injury.
Howell failed to stop at the scene and later that evening, at just after 6pm, he contacted police and claimed his vehicle incurred criminal damage at the same time and location of the fatal collision.
On May 4 2015, Howell was arrested by officers in Stockwell. During an interview with officers, Howell acknowledged he was driving when the incident took place in the same location of the collision. However, he insisted he did not hit anyone with his car. He was charged in January, but later pleaded not guilty at court.
Detective Sergeant John Hartfree, from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: "I would like to thank everyone who assisted police during our investigation.
"Mr Howell’s failure to stop at the scene and false account only served to make matters worse for all of those involved, particularly for the victim’s family and ultimately himself."
December 22, 2017