Driver found guilty over crossing death of trainee barrister

A DRIVER has been convicted following the death of a trainee barrister from Suffolk, who was knocked down on a pelican crossing in London.

Vicky Johnson, from Stradbroke, near Eye, was walking across the road when she was struck by a Ford Ka being driving through amber flashing lights by Foysal Ali in January last year.

Snaresbrook Crown Court found Ali, 24, guilty of causing the 23-year-old’s death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Shortly after the former Framlingham College pupil died the East Anglian Daily Times reported how her organs had been used to help or save the lives of seven people.

Her death had also inspired her family to register as organ donors.

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Following Ali’s conviction Miss Johnson’s father, who runs the village shop and post office in Stradbroke, said: “Victoria doesn’t live on, but we get a benefit because other people have been helped.

“Victoria’s death wasn’t in vain because a one-year-old girl with liver failure who had been days from death received part of her liver. Her heart and lungs were also donated, and her skin used for skin grafts and to help cancer and accident victims.

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“We want to promote organ donation and the benefits it has for others.”

Ali, of Forest Gate, was driving at around the 30mph speed limit when he collided with Miss Johnson outside Mile End tube station in London.

Miss Johnson, who had studied at Nottingham University, was on a City of London University scholarship from Gray’s Inn Square Chambers at the time of her death.

Judge Alan Pardoe QC said Ali’s sentencing on June 23 would not be one of immediate custody.

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