A man has been jailed for seven years after killing a woman in a hit and run in Lambeth last year.

Quincy Anyiam was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Monday, July 27, to spend seven years in prison for causing the death of Anisha Garner by dangerous driving last February in Brixton Hill.

The 26-year-old from Oxted, Surrey, pleaded guilty on March 23 at the same court to charges of failing to stop and dangerous driving.

The initial incident happened at around 9:46pm on 19 February, when Anyiam was driving a car which sped off from police in Brixton Hill after officers signalled for it to stop.

His vehicle was then involved in a collision with 20-year-old Anisha Vidal-Garner, from Epping. Despite efforts from emergency services, Anisha was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyiam did not stop after the collision and his car was found abandoned nearby. Two days later, on February 21, he handed himself into police and was charged with the above offences.

A spokesperson for the family paid tribute to Anisha, saying:

“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.

“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.”

Richard Budd, a detective leading the investigation, 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.”