A man has been jailed for causing the death of his girlfriend in a motorcycle collision in east London.
At around 01:00hrs on 12 October 2017, Iqbal Hussain, 37, (21.09.81) of Millharbour E14 was twice the drink-drive limit when riding his motorcycle in Whitechapel Road, E1.
The motorcycle collided with a pedestrian near to the Royal London Hospital. Hussain’s girlfriend, Karolina Skoluda, 34, was thrown from the bike.
She died in hospital two days later, with her family, who had travelled from Poland, at her bedside.
Both the pedestrian and Hussain were also taken to hospital. Neither was seriously injured.
During the investigation it was established that Hussain was twice the drink drive limit and, at the time of the collision, was riding in excess of 51mph in a 30mph zone while weaving in and out of traffic.
On 14 February 2019, Hussain was found guilty at Inner London Crown Court of causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit.
He was sentenced at the same court on Monday, 18 February, to five years’ imprisonment.
In addition, he was disqualified from driving for seven and a half years and the motorbike was confiscated.
DS José-Paulo Qureshi, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This awful case highlights the massive danger of driving or riding after consuming alcohol. He made a number of terrible decisions that night, which cost Karolina her life. It is only right that he will spend a significant time in prison as a result.”