Malmö hit-and-run driver jailed for three years
27 Aug 2012, 14:53
Published: 27 Aug 2012 14:53 GMT+02:00
The driver, who is 20 years old, confessed to aggravated manslaughter for the death of the 60-year-old cyclist, who died in hospital after being run over.
“The man has displayed a high degree of recklessness by driving a car under the influence of drugs and without a driving license with speeds of over 100 kilometres an hour past Triangeln, which was full of both cyclists and pedestrians,” said judge Thed Adelswärd to the TT news agency.
The 20-year-old was also sentenced to pay damages to the relatives of the deceased man.
The incident occurred in June following an unrelated traffic accident in central Malmö. Police arrived on the scene soon after and started to redirect traffic.
When the 20-year-old pulled up next to them, his irrational behaviour attracted the attention of the officers.
“The driver stared at the police officer who asked him to drive on. He moved on at full speed and tried to drive into two other officers who stood beside an unmarked police car,” explained witness Conny Strömberg.
During the subsequent police chase the 20-year-old hit two cyclists at high speed, one being the 60-year-old man, and the other a 30-year-old man who only suffered minor injuries.
The pursuit was brought to an end when police eventually rammed the 20-year-old's car and arrested him.
The man was initially referred to as a member of the Black Cobra gang by Swedish media, yet denied any affiliation with the group, labelled all such claims as "nonsense".