Man jailed for fatal 90mph Brixton hit and run

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A man has been jailed after fatally hitting a pedestrian while driving at 90mph in a 30mph zone.

Aaron Blackwood Jones, 31, killed 24-year-old Celia Ines Betrouni when he collided with her at “excessive speed” as she crossed the road in Brixton Hill.

He did not stop following the incident on January 12 and abandoned his blue VW Golf nearby.

Emergency services attended but Celia, a French national, died at the scene from her injuries.

A media appeal was launched asking for the public’s help to locate the suspect – Blackwood Jones handed himself into police two days later and was arrested.

He was today sentenced to 10 years behind bars after pleading guilty to death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of a collision at an earlier hearing.

As well as the prison sentence, he will be disqualified from driving for a decade after his release.

Detective Sergeant Richard Budd, who led the investigation, said Celia’s death has “utterly shattered” her family.

He said: “Blackwood Jones was driving at around 90mph in a 30mph zone – his excessive speed meant there was only one outcome when he struck Celia.

“His actions have utterly shattered Celia’s family who will have to deal with their loss for the rest of their lives.

“Blackwood Jones will now spend a significant period of time in prison. His reckless actions offer a clear indication of the devastating impact driving at excessive speed can have.”

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