LONDON: A man who killed a female doctor in a road traffic collision in January 2017 after failing to clear frost from his car windscreen has been jailed.
Alexander Fitzgerald, 26 of Selwood Road, Essex, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Friday, 11 January to 10 months imprisonment for causing death by careless driving, reduced from 16 months, and four and a half months for causing death by driving uninsured, to be served concurrently.
He had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to both offences. He was also disqualified from driving for 23 months and ordered to take a standard re-test upon the end of his disqualification period.
Police were called by London Ambulance Service at 07:20hrs on Wednesday, 25 January 2017 to Thurlow Park Road, at the junction with Birkbeck Hill, SE21, to reports of a road traffic collision.
Officers attended and found the car driven by university student Fitzgerald, a black Ford Fiesta, had collided with a pedestrian, 30-year-old doctor Jasjot Singhota, who lived in Tulse Hill and worked for the Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust.
Fitzgerald stopped at the scene. Jasjot was taken to a south London hospital by the London Ambulance Service where, sadly, she died on 26 January.
The cause of death was given as traumatic brain injury.
An investigation by officers from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit established that Fitzgerald, who was driving to work from his girlfriend’s address, was not the owner of the car and was not insured to drive it.
Fitzgerald was travelling with frost on his windscreen that had not been adequately cleared; he did not notice Jasjot on a zebra crossing and carried on, colliding with her and causing her injuries.