The driver who hit and killed cyclist Anita Szucs in Enfield on February 6 last year has been jailed for six years. Ugur Unlu pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, death by no insurance and a second count of dangerous driving relating to when he left the scene following the collision.
Szucs was riding home along Bounces Road at around 1.45am – having finished a late shift at a warehouse in Edmonton – when she was hit by a white automatic Mercedes Smart car driven by Unlu.
Metro reports that he had been doing more than 50mph in a 20mph zone and while attempting to overtake another car, hit Szucs head-on.
Judge Rebecca Poulet QC said: “Within 26 seconds of where the car was parked, you were travelling at at least 50mph and could be as much as 55mph along Bounces Road with a 20mph limit.
“The reason you achieved that speed – and you must have put your foot flat on the floor to achieve it so quickly – was to overtake a car in front of you.”
The Old Bailey heard that Szucs landed face down in the road and suffered ‘terrible’ injuries before later dying in hospital.
Despite a completely shattered windscreen, Unlu drove on for two miles at speeds of up to 55mph before dumping the car.
Unlu had borrowed the car from his friend Huseyin Kaygisiz.
Poulet said: “You could have walked home from where the car was parked nearby. However, your friend Mr Kaygisiz lent you his car to drive when you urged him to do so. He then sat in the passenger seat.
“The car had highly tinted windows to the extent that it should not in fact be out on the open road, so there was only five per cent of the window that was not tinted.
“In addition, the car was not insured for you to use and that is a fact that I believe was known to both of you.”
Unlu’s lawyer said his client ‘had no idea’ that the tinted windows of the car he was driving meant that it was unroadworthy.
“Perhaps that explains why he did not see Ms Szucks,” he said. “Thereafter he was shocked, scared, frightened and he acted like a coward, as he says.”
Poulet jailed Unlu for six years, disqualified him from driving for four years and ordered him to take an extended driving test on release.
She spared Kaygisiz jail, handing him a suspended prison sentence of 24 weeks and ordering 150 hours of unpaid work.