Dangerous Driver Gets Four Year Jail Sentence

Man and woman hit on East Hill crossing

A dangerous driver who seriously injured two pedestrians has received a lengthy jail term.

Annys Darkwa, 53, of Surbiton was sentenced
at Kingston Crown Court to four years' imprisonment for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and being under the influence of alcohol.

The incident occurred on January 18th 2014 when Darkwa was driving a Peugeot 207 up to 40mph in a 30mph zone in East Hill.

Darkwa failed to stop at a pelican crossing near the junction with Alma Road and hit a man and a woman, who both suffered life-threatening injuries.

The man sustained head injuries and arm and leg fractures while the woman suffered internal and leg injuries.

Darkwa was arrested at the scene for driving with excess alcohol and pleaded guilty to all counts at court.

On the two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving she received three years and six months' imprisonment on each count to run concurrently.

For driving with excess alcohol she received a term of six months' imprisonment to run consecutively - a total sentence of four years. She was also disqualified from driving for 10 years and will be required to take an extended test.

Chief Inspector John Oldham, Roads and Transport Policing Command said:"This was a totally selfish, reckless and irresponsible act that has left two members of the public with life-changing injuries. I believe the sentence reflects the severity of this offence and hope it will highlight
not only the type of punishment that can be expected for these offences, but also the devastating consequences on the victims.

"I urge all drivers to take care and drive responsibly. Be warned that if you commit driving offences of any kind you will be prosecuted and punished with severe consequences."

Steve Burton, Transport for London's Director of Enforcement and On-Street operations, said: "Road safety is one of our top priorities and we want to make sure that every journey made on the capital's roads is safe, secure and reliable. We are pleased to see this dangerous driver jailed and removed from our roads and will continue to work with our policing partners to
actively enforce against drivers who disregard the law and pose a serious risk on London's roads."

October 21, 2014