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Man jailed for collision which killed Epping woman

Anisha Vidal-Garner passed away after she was hit by a car in February

A man has been jailed for a hit-and-run collision which killed a young woman from Epping.

Anisha Vidal-Garner was knocked down as she was crossing a road in Brixton on Wednesday, 19 February.

The 20-year-old passed away at the scene, despite the efforts of paramedics.

Moments before the collision, the vehicle involved had been signalled to stop by police but instead the driver, Quincy Anyiam, sped off, hitting and killing Anisha.

Quincy Anyiam has today been jailed for seven years

Anyiam, 27, of Surrey, fled and abandoned his damaged vehicle a short while later.

He handed himself in to police two days later.

Anyiam pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, and dangerous driving when he appeared at The Old Bailey in March.

Today, he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment.

A spokesperson for Anisha’s family said: “Anisha was a beautiful, intelligent, witty, fun and hugely kind person who had time for everyone. She was passionate about many things and all her passions became our passions, from Eurovision to Timothee Chalamet.

“She was complex and interesting and interested in everything. She had so much to look forward to. She wanted to travel and see the world and experience everything it had to offer.

A photo of Anisha shared by her family

“But her life was taken away by the reckless actions of Quincy Anyiam. She stood no chance. She was just in the wrong place at the wrong second. His failure to show any real remorse or take responsibility – including his failure to turn up to court on two occasions – has dragged this case out and caused even more distress.

Her brother Gael added: “Anisha was a truly spectacular person – smart, funny and caring. She was always there for you and never would not be. She is loved no matter what. Her love is endless. She is an immortal and that’s what she deserves. We simply adored Anisha and we will miss her for ever.”

Detective Inspector Richard Budd said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident for Anisha’s family and loved ones. This is justice, but in no way will it compensate for the devastation and destruction that Anyiam has caused to this family.”

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