Man jailed after fatal collision in Hendon Lane Finchley N3 – Latest from New Scotland Yard

A Hendon driver has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a pedestrian in north London last year.

A friend – who drove him away after the incident in Finchley – will be sentenced later this month.

Both men appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday 4th July.

Arman Kassra (22.6.89 – 22 ys ) of Barford Close NW4 pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving whilst over the alcohol limit, and failing to stop at the scene of a collision.

He was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for causing death by careless driving whilst over the alcohol limit. There was no separate penalty for the offence of failing to stop at the scene of a collision, over and above having his licence endorsed. He was also disqualified from driving for five years.

Two other charges were left to lie on file: causing death by dangerous driving, and driving while over the proscribed alcohol limit.

Mohammed Aghaie (b. 5th January 1991 – 21 years) of Weld Place, New Southgate N11 pleaded guilty to four counts:

Perverting the cause of justice (i.e. driving Kassra from the scene); Fraud by false representation (i.e. giving false details to obtain insurance); Making a false statement to obtain insurance; Driving without insurance.

He was remanded in custody for sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on 29th July.
Police were called to the incident in Hendon Lane, Finchley N3 at approximately 2:00am on Sunday 6 June 2010.

A VW Golf had left the road and was in collision with two male pedestrians. The car was then in collision with a wall and caught fire.

Kassra had been driving the Golf, with Aghaie driving a BMW. Aghaie picked up Kassra and drove him away prior to police arrival.

One of the pedestrians was pronounced dead at the scene. He was Libor Kuchar (b. 18th December 1974 – 35 years – a Slovakian national] of the Hendon area. A post-mortem gave cause of death as multiple injuries.

The second man suffered minor injuries and was discharged after treatment at hospital.

Officers from the Road Death Investigation Unit at Alperton led the inquiry, and arrested Kassra later on 6 June 2010. Aghaie was arrested on 10 June 2010.

They were bailed to return pending further inquiries, and were subsequently charged in December 2010.

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Serious accident blocks off Argyle Road, N12

Argyle Road accident

Argyle Road accident

Returning home we were blocked off at Sussex Ring from continuing up Argyle Road towards Nether street.

ON making a detour and approaching Argyle Road from Westbury Road we could see, lower down Argyle Road first aid being given to a middle aged woman who we were informed was unconscious.

Argyle Road accident

Argyle Road accident

We took some photographs for the Arrow but were careful not to use too much zoom so as not to identify the victim.

The only reassuring point about the whole sad episode, is that we have so many police available to attend an incident in Finchley at a moment’s notice!