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Man convicted of driving through red light and hitting cyclist who later died
11 February 2020, 21:07
A man has been convicted of driving through a red traffic light and hitting a cyclist in north London before fleeing the scene and attempting to cover his tracks.
Angelo Kaminski was driving a black Renault Megane car in Camden when he drove through the red light and hit 37-year-old Abdul Hadi.
Kaminski drove off, passing through another red light, before abandoning the car in Kings Terrace, less than 1km from the scene of the collision.
Mr Hadi was taken to hospital for treatment to serious injuries including a skull fracture, bleed on the brain and fractured pelvis after the incident on January 10 2018.
He remained in a coma for the next 18 months but sadly died in hospital on 13 July 2019 – he never regained consciousness.
Kaminski, 28, was then picked up by his cousin, Adrian, who drove to Stansted Airport where they collected Angelo’s father, Grzegorz and brother, Patryk, who had flown in from Poland.
They concocted a story that the car Angelo had been driving had been stolen and reported this to Edmonton Police Station.
They told police they had spent time trying to find the stolen car before reporting it missing to police.
Angelo was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice at Wood Green Crown Court on Tuesday.
He was also found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after colluding with his family in an attempt to deflect attention away from his involvement.
Grzegorz Kaminski, 47, Patryk Kaminski, 21, and Adrian Kaminski, 26, were also found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
All four have been remanded for sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday, 14 February.
Detective Inspector Cheryl Frost, who led the investigation for the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Angelo Kaminski drove through a red light and struck Abdul Hadi, leaving him with catastrophic injuries.
“Instead of stopping and trying to help Mr Hadi, he thought only about himself, fleeing the scene and then, along with his family members, instigating attempts to cover his tracks.
“I would like to thank the Hadi family for all their support throughout the investigation into this tragic incident which has left them deprived of a loving husband and father.”