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Men sentenced following death of cyclist in hit and run collision

News   •   Jan 16, 2018 04:51 GMT

Image: Ugur Unlu (Left) and Huseyin Kaygisiz (Right)

A man who needlessly sped to overtake a car has been jailed for six years after he killed a cyclist on her way home from work.

The Old Bailey heard how Ugur Unlu, 23, of Cheshunt reached speeds of 50mph in a 20mph zone on Bounces Road in Enfield, north London, when he struck 30-year-old Anita Szucs.

Ms Szucs was travelling in the opposite direction at the time of the collision.

The court heard how Unlu had borrowed a white automatic Mercedes Smart car from his friend - Huseyin Kaygisiz, 20 of Dark Lane, Waltham Cross, EN7 - who was in the passenger seat when the crash happened at 01:44hrs on Monday, 6 February.

Kaygisiz admitted Aiding/Allowing Urgu Unlu to Cause the Death of Anita Szucs whilst driving without insurance. He allowed Unlu to drive his car knowing he had no insurance, and dangerous driving - relating to the period post collision in which Unlu drove at speed with a completely smashed windscreen. He was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison suspended for two years, 150 hours of unpaid work and two months on a tagged curfew.

Unlu pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death while driving without insurance. He also admitted a charge of dangerous driving relating to the period after the crash. He received a six-year jail term and was disqualified from driving for four years upon his release.
Both men were sentenced on Friday 12 January, 2018.

DC Darren Case from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: "Unlu was driving Kaygisiz's car without insurance, Kaygisiz was his passenger. He was travelling along Bounces Road in excess of the speed limit and overtook a vehicle that was ahead of him. In doing so he collided with Anita, who was cycling in the opposite direction. There was no justification for his manner of driving. His moment of madness cost Anita her life. Following the collision, Unlu and Kaygisiz did not stop. They drove on for nearly two miles before stopping and abandoning the car.

"As a result of the police investigation Unlu and Kaygisiz were arrested and subsequently charged with causing Anita's death.

"We support Anita's husband's plea to drivers to think about their manner of driving, such as their speed and when and where to overtake in order to prevent any further loss of life or injury to other road users."

Following the sentence Mr Tamas Mezo, husband of Anita Szucs said: "On the 6th of February 2017 the actions of Unlu and Kaygisiz took the life of my wonderful wife Anita. Their actions destroyed our future together.

"What my family and I have found hard to accept and understand is that, having hit Anita, they did not stop at the scene and assist her, but continued to drive away. In doing so, they have torn my family apart and brought shame on themselves and their families.

"I hope that the death of my wife will make drivers think about the way they drive in future, such as their speed and when to overtake, as a moment of madness can have far reaching consequences. If this could prevent one death or injury in future I would at least have something positive to take away from this.

"I would like to thank the emergency services who attended the scene and those involved in Anita's medical treatment and gave her the best possible chance to survive. Sadly that was not to be. I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police - in particular DC Curtis, DC Irribarren and PC MacAlpine - and the Crown Prosecution Service for their tenacity, which has brought these two individuals to justice."