Motorist jailed for killing newlywed as she cycled home from work
A speeding motorist has been jailed for killing a newlywed as she cycled home from work in a horrific head-on crash.
Ugur Unlu was going more than 50mph in a 20mph zone on Bounces Road, Enfield when he hit Anita Szucs and left her for dead at the roadside.
He attempted to overtake another car but instead hit Ms Szucs in the early hours of February 6 last year, with the impact sending her flying into the air.
Lidl worker Ms Szucs landed face down in the road and suffered ‘terrible’ injuries before later dying in hospital, the Old Bailey heard.
Despite having a shattered windscreen, Unlu sped off and dumped the car hoping it would never be found.
The court heard Unlu had borrowed student Huseyin Kaygisiz’s white automatic Mercedes Smart car before the crash.
Judge Rebecca Poulet QC said: ‘You, Mr Unlu lived did not need to have driven a car that night.
‘You could have walked home from where the car was parked nearby. However, your friend Mr Kaygisiz lent you his car to drive when you urged him to do so. He then sat in the passenger seat.
‘The car had highly tinted windows to the extent that it should not in fact be out on the open road, so there was only 5% of the window that was not tinted.
‘In addition, the car was not insured for you to use and that is a fact that I believe was known to both of you.
‘Within 26 seconds of where the car was parked, you were travelling at at least 50mph and could be as much as 55mph along Bounces Road with a 20mph limit.
‘The reason you achieved that speed – and you must have put your foot flat on the floor to achieve it so quickly – was to overtake a car in front of you.
‘In doing so you collided head-on with Anita Szucs who was coming from her proper side of the road in the opposite direction. Her bicycle was properly illuminated.
‘The Smart car hit her head-on and she must had flown into the air. The bicycle was later found in pieces and Mrs Szucs landed face down, having suffered terrible injuries.
‘Despite a completely shattered windscreen, you drove on for two miles, and even having caused the terrible injuries you drove at speeds of up to 55mph and then left the car in another place, probably hoping it would not be found.’
Mrs Szucs’s husband Tamas Mezo, who attended court, has been ‘totally shattered’ by the loss of his wife.
Unlu, of Cheshunt, had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, death by no insurance and dangerous driving.
He was handed six years in jail and disqualified from driving for four years on his release.
Part-time Sainsbury’s assistant and business undergraduate Kaygisiz admitted death by no insurance and dangerous driving.
Kaygisiz was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison suspended for two years, 150 hours of unpaid work and two months on a tagged curfew.