Uninsured biker killed pedestrian
AN UNINSURED biker who killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run, is facing jail. Carl Samuel, 21, of Tenterden Road, Dagenham, was also disqualified when he mowed down Mohammed Yad Ali, 56. Samuel and two friends were travelling at more than 40mph on the wron
AN UNINSURED biker who killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run, is facing jail.
Carl Samuel, 21, of Tenterden Road, Dagenham, was also disqualified when he mowed down Mohammed Yad Ali, 56.
Samuel and two friends were travelling at more than 40mph on the wrong side of the road at the time of the impact.
They then sped off without stopping to check on the condition of the victim, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
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Witness Terry Watson said: "I was in my van and heard the sound of a motorbike pulling away behind me. It sounded like a long way off.
"I didn't see it until Mr Ali stepped off the kerb. The bike was silent. I just heard the tyres rolling. I thought it was a push bike, but it came too quick."
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He said: "Mr Ali rolled on to the bike and then fell. I thought the motorbike was going to stop, but he shot off.
"That's when another two bikes came through and I called 999.
"I'll remember that day forever. Every time I hear a motorbike pull away I'll remember it."
The accident happened in Mile End Road, Whitechapel, at 4.30pm on August 31, 2007.
A jury convicted Samuel of causing death by dangerous driving.
After the verdict was read out, it emerged he has three other convictions for driving while disqualified, and has never taken a motorbike test.
Mr Zeidman told Samuel: "You didn't intend to kill, otherwise you'd be facing a charge of murder. But to the family of the deceased, it amounts to the same thing."
He said a custodial sentence was inevitable.
Samuel denied causing death by dangerous driving. He had admitted failing to stop, and driving without a licence or insurance.
He will be sentenced on June 4.