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CCTV footage compelled killer to plead guilty

A man who drove at twice the speed limit in a built-up area before striking and killing a cyclist, has been jailed, reports the Barnet and Whetstone Press.

Aleksander Preslavski, 22, of Colindale in the London borough of Barnet, pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Tuesday to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard that on July 20, 2010 at 6.20am while driving a Honda Civic at excessive speed on Uxbridge Road, Preslavski struck 34-year old father of two Rajendra Ramakrishnan near the junction with Cornwall Road.

Mr Ramakrishnan suffered head and neck injuries in the collision and died two days later at the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel.

The driver was arrested at the scene of the incident and this week was sentenced to two years and seven months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for three years.

Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne of the Road Death Investigation Unit told the B&W Press: “This serves as a warning that doing double the speed limit in a busy area can not only result in someone’s death, but also a term in jail.

“Using CCTV we were able to provide overwhelming evidence that resulted in the defendant pleading guilty, giving the victim’s family the answers they needed. My thoughts remain with them.”