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Man jailed over fatal hit and run of 20-year-old university student in Brixton

|News, Driving offences

A Mercedes driver who struck a student in a fatal hit and run crash has been jailed for seven years.

Quincy Anyiam, 27, collided with 20-year-old Anisha Vidal-Garner while driving at speed and dangerously along Brixton Hill in south London at around 9.45pm on 19 February this year.

Anisha had just got off a bus and was crossing the road with her boyfriend and friend before she was hit by the car and catapulted into the air. She suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.

Prior to the collision, Anyiam had been skipping traffic lights, swerving, overtaking and undertaking vehicles, speeding and at times also driving on the wrong side of the road.

After colliding with the victim, Anyiam did not stop - instead he continued to drive dangerously for another mile before abandoning his car.

Today (Monday, 27 July 2020) at the Old Bailey Anyiam was sentenced to seven years in jail and disqualified from driving for 11 years thereafter. He had pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road accident and dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

Louise Attrill, from the CPS, said: “Quincy Anyiam’s flagrant disregard for the law of the road has devastated a family and cost a tragic loss of life.

“Anisha Vidal-Garner was young and vibrant, and had her whole life ahead of her. It is heartbreaking that she died in front of her boyfriend, and that Anyiam evaded police for 48 hours before handing himself in.

“The prosecution case included strong witness testimony, CCTV footage  and an account from a forensic collision investigator which left Anyiam little choice but to own up to his actions.

“Although nothing can bring Anisha back, I hope this conviction will provide some comfort to her family and friends. My thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

Notes to editors

  • Quincy Anyiam (DOB: 02.06.1993) is from Oxted in Surrey
  • Louise Attrill is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the pan-London homicide unit at CPS London North.

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