A major road safety initiative has been launched in memory of a Guy’s and St Thomas’s doctor who was killed by a careless driver who failed to clear his windscreen.
Jasjot Singhota, 30, died in a collision on Thurlow Park Road, Tulse Hill, in January 2017 while walking over a zebra crossing.
The driver of the black Ford Fiesta, Alexander Fitzgerald, had been driving a car he did not own and was not insured to drive – and also had not cleared the windscreen of frost before setting off.
The university student, from Essex, was jailed in January last year.
Now Ms Singhota’s sister, Neha Santasalo, has teamed up with the Met to encourage motorists to be safe while driving in winter to prevent another tragedy in a campaign called ‘ReadyfortheRoad.’
“I think about my sister every day, she was an incredible person. As a fully trained doctor she dedicated her life to helping people,” she said.
“She had big plans to work around the world on various projects to help those in need where she could.
“All that was taken from her and us when a driver set off without clearing the frost from his windscreen.
“It breaks my heart to know that there will be so many things that we will now never have the opportunity to do together; from the small things we take for granted such as meeting and catching up over a cup of tea, to the bigger life events including not being able to see her get married, travel the world or for our children to play together.
“It was her selfless nature demonstrated through organ donation that led her to save the lives of five other people and for that I am immensely proud of her.”
Ms Santasalo urged drivers to take time to clear their mirrors and screens before starting their journey, saying that simple steps such as using a de-icer and a scraper could save lives.
“My sister’s death was entirely unnecessary and if I can help save one life or prevent serious injuries on the road through this message, then I will be proud to have that as part of her legacy and life-long commitment to helping people, and to prevent another family from having to go through what ours did,” she added.
Fitzgerald “has to live the rest of his life knowing that his actions led to the death of a gifted doctor who had her whole life ahead of her,” said the Met’s Detective Superintendent Andy Cox.
“The collision was entirely avoidable if only some time had been taken to prepare the car for the trip ahead.”
In 2018, 112 people were killed and a further 3,954 suffered serious injuries on London’s roads.