Man jailed after causing death of other driver in 140mph collision on A12 in Leytonstone

A man who caused the death of another driver in a road collision on the A12 in east London has been jailed.

Ashraf Salem, 24, of Crossharbour Plaza, E14, appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday September 25 where he was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison after his dangerous driving lead to 29-year-old Osama Sayam dying in 2018.

On Thursday September 6, 2018, at around 02:10pm Salem was driving a blue Range Rover on the A12 towards Essex.

Salem’s driving had become lethal, accelerating his car to speeds over 140mph on a road with a 40mph speed limit.

As his car approached the Green Man underpass near Leytonstone on the A12, Salem began to lose control of his car. He collided with an Audi being driven by Mr Sayam travelling in the same direction, both vehicles then span out of control.

Officers rushed to the scene alongside paramedics, but Mr Sayam died as a result of his injuries.

Two of Salem’s passengers were injured in the collision. Both are still recovering.

At an earlier hearing, Salem admitted one count of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following overwhelming evidence which proved his guilt.

Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is a heart-breaking tale, where a young man has lost his life due to the selfish and utterly reckless actions of another road user. The speed which Salem was travelling was quite frankly horrifying and he should be ashamed of himself

“There can be no doubt that Salem’s speed killed Osama. I can only hope that this case serves as a stark warning to other road users that speed is lethal.

“Osama’s family are rightly davstated by his sudden and tragic death, I hope Salem’s prison sentence offers some comfort as they continue to grieve.”

Mr Sayam’s sister Izzy said: “Our beloved Ozzy was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend who was always smiling and put the needs of others before his own. Although he is no longer with us in person, he has left us with everlasting beautiful memories and will forever be in our thoughts and heart.”

Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London (TfL) said: “Our roads are not a race track and Salem’s utterly unacceptable behaviour shows the devastating consequences of dangerous driving and speeding.

“Our thoughts are with Mr Sayam’s family and we urge everyone using our roads to please slow down, obey the speed limit and drive carefully – it could be the difference between life and death.

“We will continue working closely with the police to tackle speeding, ensure that our roads are as safe as possible and push for the strongest sentences for those who break the law.”

The Metropolitan Police Service and TfL lead on Vision Zero, the capital’s campaign to eradicate deaths and serious injuries from London’s roads by 2041. The Met’s Road and Transport Policing Command focus on the ‘Fatal 4’: the four greatest dangers whilst driving: inappropriate speed, using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing a seatbelt and driving whilst under the influence of drink/drugs.

Video footage of the collision


Mick Ferris

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