A RECKLESS motorcyclist who killed a tourist after ploughing into her at double the speed limit in front of her sons as she checked a map has been caged.
Jack Gough, 28, slammed into French national Muriel Sanna – throwing her 30m into the air – on July 23, 2018, in central London.
The 45-year-old had been crossing the road to look at a street map when the horror unfolded in front of her two sons, aged 16 and 18.
She was dragged 35m down the road by the bike before smashing into a parked car and was declared dead at the scene.
Gough had been hurtling down the busy road at around 60mph – double the 30mph speed limit.
He has now been caged for 32 months after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving at the Old Bailey.
The court was told Gough was being followed by a Harley-Davidson rider, who has never been traced, but he denied racing with the bike.
The son of a retired teacher father and clinical psychologist mother became emotional as he relived the crash, saying: “I braked, I tried to honk and I tried to swerve but it was simply too late. I could not stop in time.
“I remember standing up after the accident and collapsing. I would have helped if I could. I remember asking if she was OK.”
Gough, who fractured his collarbone and injured his knee, was said by his father to have reacted with “terrible anguish and uncontrollable sobbing” when he heard in hospital Ms Sanna had died.
Sentencing, Judge Richard Marks QC said the trauma suffered by Ms Sanna’s sons and her friends from witnessing the crash was “simply unimaginable”.
On why Gough had been speeding, he told him: “It seems to me you had likely decided, perhaps because you were late, that you were going to put your foot down.”
While there remained a “significant suspicion” that Gough had been driving competitively with the Harley-Davidson, the judge said he could not be sure that was the case.
Judge Marks took account of Gough’s “impeccable character” and genuine remorse, as well as the impact on his mental health, when setting the prison term.
He added: “Nothing I can say or do is capable of bringing Muriel Sanna back or undo the terrible pain and hurt caused by you to her family.
“Moreover, any sentence I impose is likely to be regarded by her family as wholly inadequate – and perhaps by your family as being excessive.”