An Albanian migrant who came to Britain illegally has been jailed for two years following a hit-and-run crash which killed an NHS worker walking home from his shift.
Ermir Loka, 23, was travelling by bicycle when he ignored a red light and mowed down 72-year-old Peter McCombie in July of last year as he walked home from his administrator job at Royal London Hospital.
Mr McCombie’s head hit the pavement, fracturing his skull and damaging his brain, as well as fracturing his jaw bone. He sadly died in hospital just over a week after the incident.
The court heard how Loka, an Albanian national fled the scene out of fear authorities would discover his immigration status and deport him back to his home country.
He did eventually hand himself in to a police station and was subsequently cleared of manslaughter at trial, but was jailed this week for two years after being found guilty of the lesser offence of causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving. He will however shortly be released from prison having served half of his sentence whilst awaiting trial.
In a statement, Mr McCombie’s family said: “He left Peter laying in a busy road, seriously injured, and thought only of himself at that time.
“That kind of cowardice is beyond contempt. The anger we feel towards him is beyond words. We cannot even bear to say his name.
“He denied his actions and put us through the trauma of a trial, where we saw exactly what happened and lived our grief again and again. His actions are unforgiveable. We are glad that the jury saw through his lies and that he has been convicted.”