Judge jails death driver and warns of ‘Top Gear cul­ture’

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A JUDGE has lamented “Top Gear cul­ture” as he jailed a young BMW driver for the hit-and-run death of a pen­sioner.

Ziad Hamed, 23, had al­ready racked up 12 points on his li­cence be­fore he knocked down Derek Raynor, 81, in his 5 se­ries BMW.

Do­ing dou­ble the 30mph speed limit, Hamed went through a pedes­trian cross­ing at a red light and struck Mr Raynor on Ham­mer­smith Road, west Lon­don, in March last year.

He had only bought the car the night be­fore. He pled guilty to caus­ing Mr Raynor’s death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing and was jailed for six years and four months at the Old Bai­ley.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Ni­cholas Cooke, QC, said: “There seems to be at the mo­ment a cul­ture of young males driv­ing pow­er­ful cars at ex­ces­sive speeds.”

He said the BBC mo­tor­ing pro­gramme should come with a warn­ing – and no­tices on un­ac­cept­able driv­ing “should be flashed at the start of ev­ery episode of Top Gear”.

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