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Breaking News ! A man who pretended to be his brother to hire a Range Rover, then ran over and killed a loving dad-of-four after driving on a cocktail of drugs has been jailed. But in the months before being put behind bars, the driver, Rizwan Ali, continuously posted pictures and videos of himself with expensive cars on his public social media account while his victim's family were going through hell. The most recent being just five days ago. Colin Olawumi, a 65-year-old care home worker, was walking across the road at a pedestrian crossing when he was knocked down by a Range Rover Sport in Topp Way, Bolton, on August 18, 2018. The hired 4x4 was being driven at almost 61mph - twice the speed limit - by Ali. Ali had been stopped at a traffic light moments earlier, but accelerated hard once the lights turned green, even speeding up just one second prior to impact with Mr Olawumi. Police and paramedics were scrambled to the scene, but tragically Mr Olawumi died lying in the road. Colin Olawumi was crossing the road when he was hit by a speeding Range Rover (Image: Family handout) An investigation revealed that Ali had cocaine and cannabis in his system at the time of the collision at 9.53pm. He was seven times over the legal driving limit of controlled drug Benzoylecgonine - the main metabolite of cocaine. It was also uncovered that Ali had fraudulently used his brother's driving licence to hire the Range Rover, as he was too young to satisfy the hire company’s regulations. He was therefore uninsured to drive the vehicle. Ali was charged with causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by careless driving while over the prescribed limit, causing death while driving uninsured and fraud. Read More Related Articles Breaking: M61 closed in both directions near Farnworth in police incident Read More Related Articles All the new rules for pubs as they re-open on Saturday - what to bear in mind if you're heading out for a drink He was today sentenced for the killing at Bolton Crown Court after almost two years of legal proceedings - but not before these shameful details about the man behind the wheel were shared. In the days following the incident, Ali denied he was driving dangerously and insisted he was travelling at 30mph at the time of the crash, said Peter Cadwallader, prosecuting. He 'lied' about the hiring of the vehicle during the investigation and shrugged off the fraudulent hiring of the vehicle as a "‘silly mistake". He also claimed "everyone does it" when asked to answer for his speeding, the court heard. Ali even "came close to blaming Mr Olawumi", said presiding Judge Graeme Smith today, alleging that Mr Olawumi had ‘ran into the road’ before his death. Rizwan Ali outside court (Image: MEN Media) Ali continued to fight the case until the very last moment, traumatising Mr Olawumi's family for 18 months. He only pleaded guilty to fraud in January and then waited until the day the jury was to be sworn in for a trial on March 2 this year to plead guilty to the rest of the charges. "He admitted he was the driver of the vehicle that was in collision with the deceased but denied that he was driving dangerously. He said he was travelling at 30 mph," said Mr Cadwallader. "He said that he had not seen the man until he was in front of his car and the man was running coming from his left." Read More Related Articles One person taken to hospital after £250,000 Ferrari crash Read More Related Articles 'Shall we stab them?': Sick question asked by gang before launching assault which left three young men with horrific injuries The devastation wrought by Mr Olawumi’s tragic death was made clear in victim impact statements from daughter Dionne Olawumi and sister Shelia Bolton read out in court. Ms Bolton said: “Whenever I was worried about something, my brother would always tell me ‘don’t worry sis, I’ve got you, I’ll always be here for you.’ “My brother was my best friend, my rock, my support.
.” Mr Olawumi’s daughter said: “We have had to face the last 18 months with so much grief and sorrow. Some days I feel the grief will never end. “Our family life can never be complete. There are so many things I want to say to my dad but can’t.” Perhaps even more devastating, Mr Olawumi’s daughters say they passed the incident on Topp Way while returning home from a birthday celebration elsewhere in Bolton - without knowing it was their father lying dead.
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After confessing his guilt, Ali said in a personally-written statement that he now feels great remorse for the killing. Defence barrister Stuart Neale added that Ali has been suffering from depression and PTSD as a result of the accident. Ali, of Russell Street in Heaton, has had no previous convictions of any kind, including driving offences, and there were several statements read out in court from friends and family which described him as an ‘honourable’ and ‘trustworthy’ person. As his consumption of the drugs was around 17 hours before the crash, it is not believed they influenced his driving abilities.
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But Mr Olawumi’s family, the judge and the prosecution team have disputed Ali's remorse. Throughout the case, Ali also continued to post pictures on his Facebook and Instagram accounts of himself with expensive cars. There is no evidence that these pictures were taken after Mr Olawumi’s death, only that they were posted afterwards as proceedings continued. The last image posted to his Facebook account, which can be seen publicly, of Ali posed in front of a car was published just five days ago. The ‘insulting’ behaviour has only added to the grief, said Mr Olawumi's family.
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Judge Smith branded the case a ‘tragedy’ on all fronts: “Any case of this nature is a tragedy. “However, these tragic consequences for Mr Olawumi’s family and for you (Ali) cannot be compared because they were all brought about by your actions and only your actions. “Mr Olawumi’s family also say that their suffering has been increased by your failure to accept responsibility for what happened and by your lack of remorse, and I can understand why they feel this. From the outset, you maintained that this had been a ‘genuine accident’. “I have also seen the photographs and videos posted to your Facebook and Instagram accounts since the accident, which show you in or next to various high-performance cars. I can understand why Mr Olawumi’s family have been caused additional distress by this, and why they feel that the remorse you are now expressing is not sincere.
“I accept that you do feel a level of remorse, but I have to set against this your failure to accept any responsibility for the accident until the last possible moment, which I do not consider to be consistent with the level of remorse which you now say you feel, and which has added considerably to the suffering of Mr Olawumi’s family. Judge Smith handed Ali a sentence of 41 months imprisonment, with a driving ban of four years and 8 month "I do not accept that, even now, you have taken full responsibility for what happened," added the judge.
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