A hit-and-run driver who abandoned a motorcyclist in a critical condition on a Kensington and Chelsea road was jailed for his ‘complete disregard’ for road users yesterday.
Darren February, 33, fatally injured Ken Baldwin, 52, when he crashed into him with his Vauxhall Astra on St Ann’s Road, in the early hours of December 14 last year.
February fled the scene as motorcyclist Mr Baldwin, from Newhaven, East Sussex, died at the scene from multiple injuries. Police traced February and arrested him the following day.
He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced last week to eight and a half years, and banned from driving for 10.
Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Policing Command Detective Sergeant Jeff Edwards said: “We would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to Ken’s family at this difficult time.
“February showed complete disregard for other road users.
“Following the collision, he left Mr Baldwin lying critically injured in the road; his main concern was for himself.
“The sentencing reflects the seriousness of his crimes and despite pleading guilty, he was rightly admonished by the judge for his actions.”
London Ambulance Service called the police at 4:58am to the collision at the junction between St Ann’s Road and Swanscombe Road in Kensington.
February, who has no fixed address, was sentenced for eight-and-a-half years for causing death by dangerous driving, and 12 months for causing death while uninsured, to run concurrently, at Southwark Crown Court.
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