Hit and run driver who caused a fatal crash near Kibworth and then ran away from the scene has been jailed

The offender was found in Liverpool, where he was trying to travel to Belfast

By Red Williams
Monday, 20th April 2020, 3:06 pm
Updated Monday, 20th April 2020, 3:08 pm

A hit and run driver who caused a fatal crash in Harborough has been jailed.

Admir Isufaj, 26, left motorcyclist Steven Duval, 55, lying fatally injured in the road at Wistow crossroads, a notorious accident blackspot, near Kibworth.

Mr Duval was flown by air ambulance to hospital in Coventry after the crash on the morning of Thursday September 26 last year.

Admir Isufaj

But the much-loved dad-of-two tragically died a short time later as medics battled to save his life.

Isufaj was driving a Mini One when he failed to give way at Wistow and crashed into Mr Duval’s Suzuki motorcycle.

Mr Duval and a fellow motorcyclist were travelling towards Market Harborough to meet a fellow rider before going on to Rutland when the tragedy happened at the crossroads of Kilby Road, Kibworth Road and Leicester Road.

Isufaj dumped his car nearby after the crash and made off on foot.

Detectives hunting Isufaj found he had fled to Liverpool.

He was trying to travel to Belfast, where he was arrested and charged with causing the fatal collision.

Isufaj, of Liverpool Prison, was jailed for two years four months at Leicester Crown Court on Friday April 17 after admitting causing death by careless driving.

He was also banned from driving for seven years.

Judge Nicholas Dean, QC, saluted Mr Duval's wife, Halina, and their sons, Marty, 25, and Joe, 22, who were all in court to see Isufaj jailed, for their "dignity and strength" as he expressed his condolences.

Afterwards, Det Con Charlotte Wright, of Leicestershire Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Isufaj first failed to stop and give way at the crossroads, as he should have done.

“He also failed to stop at the scene of the collision – where he should have reported it to police and called for help.

“Instead, he left on foot.”

She added: “He actively tried to evade arrest and travelled to Liverpool.

“However, he was found and arrested.

“I would like to offer my condolences to Mr Duval’s family.

“I know no sentence will ever be enough to bring him back.

“I hope the fact Isufaj has been jailed for his crime will bring about a degree of closure.”