Judge condemns 'indescribably selfish' driver who fled after killing cyclist in hit-and-run crash

Ajay Singh unlikely to receive maximum sentence after entering guilty plea

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A driver who hit and killed a cyclist before fleeing the scene has been condemned by a judge for his "indescribable selfishness" and told to expect a lengthy jail sentence for his actions.

Ajay Singh pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop and report a crash in relation to the death of 24-year-old cyclist Vicky Myres last month.

Mr Singh hit Miss Myres while she was out riding with her boyfriend's mother on August 27, driving off from the scene while Miss Myres was taken to hospital where she was declared dead.

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The Times (opens in new tab) reports how Mr Singh hand his head as he entered his guilty plea, with the judge at Minshull Street Crown Court telling the 26-year-old that he could expect a long prison sentence, which he will be given in October following toxicology tests to determine whether he was over the drink or drugs driving limit at the time of the crash.

"You have pleaded guilty to the most indescribable selfishness, which has caused significant harm for the rest of their lives to many, many people," Judge John Potter told Mr Singh.

"You have to understand as a consequence the court will impose custody of some length. Exactly how long will be determined by a colleague of mine on October 26."

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The maximum prison sentence for causing death by dangerous driving in 14 years, but Mr Singh is expected to receive a shorter sentence as a result of his guilty plea.

Judge Potter also disqualified Mr Singh from driving with immediate effect, with the length of his disqualification also to be decided at the sentencing hearing on October 26.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.