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Luis Balcazar Soto, 24, was traveling at 56mph in a 30mph zone when he struck Sophie Strickland’s tricycle in a bus lane on New Kent Road, Southwark, on July 10 this year.

Mrs Strickland, 31, of Hay-on-Wye, Hereford, was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:30am after sustaining significant head and neck injuries.

Soto, of Southwark, was sentenced today to a total of nine years and nine months for causing death by dangerous driving and serious injury by dangerous driving.

Soto, who had previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol

Soto, who had previous convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as driving without insurance and disqualified, also has a 10-year, nine-month driving ban.

He had been in breach of a previous suspended sentence and restraining order at the time of the July 10 incident.

The court heard how the rickshaw driver, Tanzir Ahmed, was taken to King’s College Hospital with fractures to his skull head, right arm and leg. He subsequently developed a blood clot in his lung.

Witness

Soto ran away after the incident and was chased and detained by witnesses.

Prosecutor Fiona Robertson told Southwark Crown Court how witnesses saw “a silver car traveling at 60mph swerve into the bollards and land alongside the Tesco Express on New Kent Road”.

She said: ‘He collided with the rickshaw and spun. There was no evidence of braking or evasive action prior to impact.’

A taxi driver described seeing Soto accelerate sharply at the Elephant and Castle roundabout at 3:47 a.m. and commented, “Oh my God, I have this mentalist in front of me driving like crazy.”

Investigation

Police investigators estimated that Soto was traveling between 45 and 56 mph when he struck the rickshaw.

“Ms. Strickland suffered catastrophic injuries and the defendant was aware of it,” the prosecutor said.

“He made no effort or attempt to help Ms. Strickland or Mr. Ahmed. It is significantly revealing that people had to chase after him to prevent them from escaping.

As members of the public approached him, Soto said, ‘Let me go or I’ll hit you,’ and tried to hit a witness.

Soto even offered a member of the public money while begging them to let him go. It was twice the legal alcohol limit.

“He was sweating and his eyes were bloodshot,” the prosecutor said.

When told about Mrs. Strickland, he became hysterical, saying “I can’t believe I killed her” and “I’m so sorry.”

Family

Sophie’s mother, Glynis, said in a shock statement that she had lost “the most beautiful thing in my life”.

Mrs Strickland said: ‘Never seeing her again is killing me. As a mother I cannot imagine greater pain in my life. She was a kind and loyal person and in seconds my life was destroyed.’

Sophie’s three siblings also provided impact statements to the court about their sister, who worked as a materials and resource planner at PCI Pharma Services.

David Strickland told the court that “the shock of Sophie’s sudden and ultimately preventable death has left us stunned.”

He added: “The fact that we have to live with the impact of this reckless, selfish and senseless act fills us all with dread.

“We have to face the fact that we will never see her again. Never laugh with her, joke with her.

“She was a beautiful, caring and attentive young woman.”

Jade Redford, a friend of Sophie’s who was with her when she died, said the memory of her will haunt her for the rest of her life.

She said: ‘I remember praying for the ambulance to come, but it was too late. I remember stroking her hair and telling her how much she loved her.

Another friend, Lucy Smith, described that she had anxiety walking down the street for fear of passing cars.

Judge Deborah Taylor said

Mrs. Strickland suffered catastrophic injuries. Mr. Ahmed was thrown further down the road and seriously injured.

‘You made no attempt to help those who were injured and were just looking out for yourself. You were talking about leaving the scene.

“I heard very moving statements about the impact of the victim from family and friends of Ms. Strickland. They all express the intense pain and deep loss caused by her dangerous driving.

‘Sophie Strickland was a much loved young woman, 31 years old in the prime of her life. She came to London to celebrate her birthday and because of your selfish actions she never came back to her family.

“In my judgment, the big picture was clear to you and you tried to run away because you knew how serious the offenses were and what you had done.”

Charges of causing death by dangerous driving without a license and without insurance, which Soto denied, were ordered to remain on the court record.

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