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London Crime: Driver who fatally hit man crossing the road in Hounslow, jailed

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A 30-year-old driver who ploughed into a man crossing the road, leaving him with fatal injuries, has been jailed.

Shahriyar Mahoutchian of Ascot, Berkshire, hit 28-year-old Mohammed Osman as he walked across Bath Road, Hounslow, on April 2019 just after 6.15pm.

At an Old Bailey sentencing hearing on Friday (September 17) the court heard how three people, including Mr Osman, waited for the pedestrian symbol to turn green before stepping out onto the road.

Suddenly, a car driven by Mahoutchian tore down the tarmac at speeds of around 35mph.

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Mohammed Osman, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene after emergency services tried to save his life

While the other two walkers managed to step out of the way, Mr Osman was thrown into the air and fell onto the road a short distance away, suffering catastrophic injuries.

A number of witnesses rushed to assist the victim including a patrolling police car.

Despite attempts to save his life by London Ambulance Service and Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, Mohammed never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post mortem conducted that the primary cause of death was down to head injuries.

Manoutchian stopped at the scene and he tested negative for drink and drugs.

He was interviewed under caution. CCTV and phone records were presented but he denied driving dangerously, giving no comment to all questions asked during the interview.

Phone records established multiple activity on Mahoutchian’s phone within the timeframe of the collision with the final connection terminating at the time the victim was struck.

It also concluded there were no obstructions to the defendant’s view and there were no mechanical defects of the vehicle he was driving which could contribute to the collision.

Shahriyar Mahoutchian, 40, was sentenced to eight months for driving into Mohammed Osman at a crossing in Hounslow

Shahriyar Mahoutchian

It was also determined that the sequence of the traffic lights was red for the oncoming traffic at the time.

Mahoutchian was charged with causing death by careless driving in February 2021.

On Friday he was sentenced to eight months imprisonment. The sentence was reduced from 12 months for his early guilty plea.

Mahoutchian was also disqualified from driving for two years and two months and will have to pass an “extended test”.

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DC Dariusz Alexander from the Serious Collisions Investigations Unit said: “The carelessness of Mahoutchian’s driving that day cost the life of a young man. It has caused immeasurable suffering to his family and friends and the result today marks the end of a protracted investigation to bring them justice. I hope they can now begin to move forwards, treasuring his memory.

“The witnesses made a reference to traffic lights being red to oncoming vehicles and that Mahoutchian did not make any effort to slow down or stop when he collided with Mohammed Osman.

“The report also found activity ongoing on his mobile phone in the lead up and during the time of the collision. Whatever decision Mahoutchian made that day will remain with him for the rest of his life and I hope this sends a message to everyone on the roads to remain vigilant and focused on their surroundings. Looking down at your phone – even for a second – can quite literally cost a life.”

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