A JUNIOR doctor was killed by an uninsured driver who ploughed into her at a zebra crossing because his windscreen was “frosty”.
Talented Dr Jasjot Singhota, 30, was walking to work in Tulse Hill, South London, when Alexander Fitzgerald, 25, slammed into her in his dad’s Ford Fiesta.
The medic was rushed to King’s College Hospital where surgeons battled to save her life for eight hours before she was pronounced dead.
Fitzgerald had got into the car just seconds before approaching the zebra crossing at 28mph but insisted he had wiped his windscreen as it was frosty.
He was today caged for ten months after admitting causing death by careless driving and causing death while uninsured at Kingston Crown Court.
The court was told Fitzgerald was uninsured at the time and has a previous conviction for speeding.
Dr Singhota was a dedicated, committed and well respected member of staff, as well as an excellent doctor with a bright and promising future
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Singhota had just left home on January 25, 2017, and was making her way to work at St Thomas’ Hospital when she was struck by Fitzgerald.
Judge Peter Lodder, QC, told Fitzgerald: “It was dark but the area around that crossing was well lit.
“As she was perfectly properly crossing that road she was struck by the car you were driving and sustained such serious injuries that she was taken to hospital were her severe head injury was attempted to be operated on but sadly it was not saveable.”You said you had cleared the frost from your window screens and you suggested it was clear and you suggested she ran out in front of you.”
David Emanuel, defending, told the court his client wished to become a chartered surveyor and was studying at university.
Dr Singhota, who grew up in Bedford, was based at St Thomas’ Hospital and was due to graduate from the Royal College of Anaesthetists in March.
She had spent time developing conservation projects in Madagascar and children’s hospitals in New Zealand and dreamed of working for humanitarian organisation Medicin Sans Frontieres.
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A spokesman from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust said after her death: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic death of our colleague Dr Jasjot Singhota, and our thoughts are with her family and colleagues at this difficult time.
“Dr Singhota was a dedicated, committed and well respected member of staff, as well as an excellent doctor with a bright and promising future.”
Fitzgerald, of Brentwood, Essex, has also been disqualified from driving for 23 months.