Brighton hit and run death driver jailed

Posted On 16 Jun 2017 at 2:48 pm

A driver has been jailed for killing a 78-year-old man in a hit and run crash after racing a friend through the streets of Brighton at high speed.

Gavin Dawes, 33, was sentenced to nine years for causing the death of a much-loved Brighton man, Jonos Sasvari, known as Hungarian John.

Dawes, of Phoenix Place, Brighton, was filmed driving at speeds of up to 90mph after police spotted him racing 35-year-old Richard Woolgar down Lewes Road in January.

He was also jailed for an extra 15 months for a separate case of dangerous driving in another high-speed police chase through the streets of Kemp Town last year.

At Hove Crown Court the unemployed father of two was also given a 15-year driving ban by Judge Jeremy Gold who described his driving as absolutely appalling.

Dawes had never passed a driving test and was on bail for dangerous driving when he mowed down Mr Sasvari, of Little Preston Street, Brighton.

Officers from Sussex Police spotted Dawes as he raced into Lewes Road at the Coldean Lane traffic lights in a Vauxhall Astra alongside a Vauxhall Zafira driven by Woolgar, of Donald Hall Road, Brighton.

Woolgar, who was filmed overtaking a bus at high speed near Brighton Racecourse, admitted dangerous driving and was jailed for a year with a three-year driving ban.


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