A hit-and-run driver who is facing jail for the death of an RAF veteran has shown a “complete lack of remorse”, according to the victim’s family.
Ziad Hamed, 22, was travelling at 60mph — twice the speed limit — before his BMW ran a red light and struck 81-year-old Derek Raynor on a pedestrian crossing in Hammersmith.
The pensioner was flung on to the windscreen and left lying in the road. The Old Bailey was told that Hamed visited a nightclub just hours after the crash, while his BMW was ditched and stripped of its number plates.
He admitted causing death by dangerous driving in court on Friday, and was warned he faces years behind bars.
After the hearing Mr Raynor’s nephew, Tim Coaker, said his family were “relieved” that the driver had been brought to justice. “What is most upsetting for us as a family is the brutal nature of his death,” he said.
“My uncle would never take a risk when crossing the road and would always use a crossing. Despite this he was run down by Hamed when the traffic lights were red and then left for dead.
Our family has struggled to come to terms with the complete lack of remorse Hamed has shown since taking my uncle’s life and his desperate attempts to evade justice.”
The crash happened in Hammersmith Road at about 9pm on March 4 last year. Prosecutor Adam King said the car was clocked at more than 60mph again after the collision. Hamed, of Northolt, was traced through the BMW, despite giving false details to an insurance company. He then tried to blame Mr Raynor for the crash in his police interview.
Hamed missed his initial court hearing on Thursday and was found near the Thames, threatening to jump in. Judge Nicholas Cooke QC remanded him in custody until sentencing next month, and said a jail term was “inevitable”.