Man convicted of causing death of victim who was dragged along road by car

Man convicted of causing death of victim who was dragged along road by car

A 30-year-old has been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after a man was struck by a car and dragged along a road.

Erasmus Ahwoi was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court over the death of 42-year-old Thomas Rossiter, who died after the incident in Lynden Way, Swanley, Kent, at 3.15pm on July 4 last year.

The court heard how Ahwoi, of Stroud Green Gardens, Croydon, met Mr Rossiter in Hart Dyke Road, Swanley, where the victim got into the car Ahwoi was driving.

The men became involved in a dispute and as the altercation continued, Mr Rossiter got out of the car.

Ahwoi drove away and collided with Mr Rossiter, dragging him along the road for around 100 metres.

Kent Police used automatic number plate recognition cameras to trace the vehicle, a Kia Venga, which was identified as belonging to a car rental company in Croydon.

Further checks confirmed the car had been rented to Ahwoi and he was arrested on July 10 at an address in London.

He was charged with murder, which he denied in court.

A jury found him not guilty of murder and convicted him of causing death by dangerous driving.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Gossett said: “Mr Rossiter found himself trapped underneath the car as Ahwoi made no attempt to stop the vehicle and fled the scene.

"He suffered a number of horrific injuries which ultimately led to his death.

“I would like to thank the family for the dignity and courage they have shown throughout this investigation and witnesses for the evidence they have given, which has helped ensure Ahwoi was brought before the courts.”

Sentencing was adjourned until February 8.

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