Dangerous BMW driver faces jail over death of elderly pedestrian

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Two dangerous drivers will be sentenced over the death of an elderly man who was knocked down and killed by a speeding BMW.

Mohammed Muqtadir, 78, was hit as he crossed the A12 in east London after leaving morning prayers on April 7 2016.

Night-shift workers Stephen Richards, 43, and Glenn Donovan, 34, from Romford, north-east London, had been going at twice the 40mph limit before the crash.

Donovan had been seen driving his Volkswagen Scirocco erratically, changing lanes and “tailgating” Richards’ BMW on the eastbound carriageway, the Old Bailey was told.

When they reached the Redbridge roundabout, Donovan pulled out in front of Richards and swerved just before the BMW ploughed into Mr Muqtadir at a crossing, jurors heard.

Donovan was then seen to drive off at speed.

Prosecutor Sarah Przybylska said the signal for pedestrians was red at the time, but Mr Muqtadir must have believed he had time to cross safely before the oncoming cars.

When police tracked down Donovan, he told them he had left work in Stratford at about 5.40am and did not notice anything out of the ordinary as he drove home.

Richards had pleaded guilty to causing Mr Muqtadir’s death by dangerous driving, but Tube points technician Donovan had denied it, although he admitted dangerous driving.

He told jurors he did not realise he was driving so fast and denied he was racing with fire alarm engineer Richards’ 3 Series BMW.

The jury found Donovan not guilty of causing the pensioner’s death.

They will be sentenced by Judge Zoe Smith at the Old Bailey later.

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