London crime: Driver, 19, who killed grandfather at 56 km / h on 20 km / h road is jailed

A teenage driver who fatally drove into a grandfather’s car at 56 km / h on a 20 km / h road has been jailed.

Rexon Rebidelmo, 19, of Eastfields, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving while uninsured and unlicensed compared to Charles Burcombes, 81.

He was sentenced on Friday (November 12) to five years and three months in prison.

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Kingston Crown Court heard how on December 20, 2019, Charles had gone out in his car with his grandson to buy baked beans when Rebidelmo hit them with his car.

Charles was held up at the intersection of Framfield Road and Streatham Road around 3.40pm with the intention of turning right.



Victim: Charles Burcombe took his grandson out to buy baked beans when the tragic incident occurred

Rebidelmo had left the traffic light at the intersection of London Road when he turned onto Streatham Road and accelerated hard – reaching a speed of 78 mph according to GPS data.

As Charles began to maneuver onto the freeway, he crashed into the side of Charles’ car due to the excessive speed at Rebedelmo.

He died instantly from the collision while his grandson sustained minor injuries. Rebidelmo was arrested on the spot.

Detectives from the capital police’s road and transport police command led the investigation and seized footage showing the vehicle Rebidelmo was driving in the lead up to the collision, as well as identifying him as the driver.

GPS technology was used to track the movements of the vehicle up to the collision. It showed that Rebidelmo had driven around the local area of ​​Mitcham and Morden before the collision, reaching speeds of approximately 58 mph along streets that are 20 mph.

Tracking data also revealed that the vehicle was driving at 81 mph two seconds before the collision. Streatham Road has a speed limit of 20 mph.

At the point of collision, the car was driving at 56 mph. Rebidelmo did not comment on any of the questions posed to him by detectives during the interview.



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Detective Victor Barkes of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit that led the investigation said: “This is a heartbreaking and tragic case in which an innocent man has lost his life and so many others’ lives have been shattered by the careless and dangerous actions of Rexon Rebidelmo.

“I hope today’s result can provide some comfort in this incredibly difficult time.

“Rebidelmo showed pure disregard for the lives of others as he drove at too high speeds along 30 km / h roads.

“When he saw Charles’ car, it was too late he was driving too fast to avoid hitting Charles and his grandson. As this case tragically underscores, speeding can have fatal consequences.”

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