Maniac kills man in horror smash after driving 4×4 at 143 mph in tunnel

A judge has slammed a driver speeding at 143mph which caused a horror crash in a tunnel.

It was "far and away the fastest speed" he had ever dealt with in court, the judge said.

Ashraf Salem's 4×4 smashed into the back of another car as he sped into the Green Man tunnel on the A12 in Leytonstone.

The crash caused the other car, which Osama Sayam was driving, to scatter for more than 100 yards, writes the Daily Record.

Mr Sayam, 29, known as 'Ozzy' by friends and family, died at the scene.

As a child, Salem, 24, was involved in a crash that killed his father, it has since emerged.

Metropolitan Police have released CCTV footage of the deadly crash and resulting wreckage in east London which took place in September 2018.

The film shows Salem losing control of his blue 4×4 as he enters the Green Man tunnel which has a 40mph speed limit.

He used the road as a "race track", the court heard.

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Two of his passengers were injured in the crash 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 during a court hearing at the Old Baily last Friday.

Judge Richard Marks QC said: “About a mile before the collision you undertook a vehicle at a speed in excess of 100mph.

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"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.

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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.”

Siwan Hayward, director of compliance and policing at Transport for London, added: “Our roads are not a race track and Salem’s utterly unacceptable behaviour shows the devastating consequences of dangerous driving.

“Our thoughts are with Mr Sayam’s family and we urge everyone using our roads to obey the speed limit and drive carefully — it could be the difference between life and death.”

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