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Killer driver who failed to clear frost from windscreen is jailed

A driver who killed a doctor after failing to clear frost from his car windscreen has been jailed.

Alexander Fitzgerald Credit: Met Police

Alexander Fitzgerald, 26, drove into 30-year-old Jasjot Singhota after not seeing her on a zebra crossing in Tulse Hill, south-east London.

He was driving a Ford Fiesta with frost on the windscreen when the accident happened on January 25, 2017. He stopped at the scene.

Dr Singhota, who worked for Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, was taken to a south London hospital where she died the following day after suffering a severe brain injury.

Dr Jasjot Singhota Credit: Met Police

The Metropolitan Police said she saved the lives of five other people through being an organ donor.

Fitzgerald was handed a 10-month prison sentence and a 23-month driving ban at Kingston Crown Court on Friday.

University student Fitzgerald, of Selwood Road, Essex, had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and causing death by driving uninsured.

Dr Singhota's sister, Neha Santasalo, said the sentence "provides closure allowing us to focus on our sister, her life and all that she achieved".

She added that clearing a windscreen during cold weather is a "simple action that takes no time at all but can prevent any other family having to go through what we have".

There were 164 casualties from crashes on Britain's roads in 2017 when a driver's visibility was impaired due to a frosted, dirty or scratched windscreen or visor, Department for Transport figures show.