WARNING UPSETTING CONTENT: Ashraf Salem drove through a tunnel in Leytonstone in his new Range Rover at 143mph before crashing into the back of Osama Sayam’s car and then leaving him to die in September 2018
Shocking footage shows the moment a driver killed a man after smashing into his car at 143mph.
Ashraf Salem drove through a tunnel which had a 40mph speed limit and smashed into the back of Osama Sayam’s car in September 2018.
Mr Sayam, 29, known as ‘Ozzy’ to friends and family, died at the scene as wreckage from his car was scattered for more than 100 yards.
Judge Richard Marks QC hit out at Salem, describing the case as “far and away the fastest speed” he had ever dealt with in court, Daily Record reports.
It has since emerged that as a child, the 24-year-old was involved in a crash that killed his father.
Police released CCTV footage of the deadly crash on the A12, in Leytonstone, East London.
The film shows Salem losing control of his blue 4×4 as he enters the Green Man tunnel.
He was described in court as using the eastbound carriageway as a “race track.”
Two of his passengers were injured in the collision and have yet to fully recover.
Salem, of Leyton, London, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was jailed for eight years and three months and banned from driving for six years at the Old Bailey last Friday.
Judge Richard Marks QC said: “About a mile before the collision you undertook a vehicle at a speed in excess of 100mph.
“Five seconds before the collision you were staggeringly going at 143mph.
“That is far and away the fastest speed I have encountered in a case of death by dangerous driving.”
In a statement, Mr Sayam’s sister Izzy said: “Our beloved Ozzy was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend who was always smiling and put the needs of others before his own.
“Although he is no longer with us in person, he has left us with everlasting beautiful memories and will forever be in our thoughts and heart.”
Detective Sergeant Edward Coleman said: “This is a heartbreaking tale, where a young man has lost his life due to the selfish and utterly reckless actions of another road user.
“The speed which Salem was travelling was quite frankly horrifying and he should be ashamed of himself.
“There can be no doubt that Salem’s speed killed Mr Sayam. I can only hope that this case serves as a stark warning to other road users that speed is lethal.”