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Paul Pilotille jailed for Leeds death crash

Paul Pilotille
Pilotille had been driving at 90mph in a 30mph zone before the crash

A man who killed a father of five in a high-speed crash has been jailed for eight years.

Paul Pilotille, 30, from Burley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Leeds Crown Court heard how he ploughed into 49-year-old Mohammed Yousaf's taxi at 55mph on 23 June.

The court heard Pilotille had been driving at speeds of up to 90mph in a 30mph zone before the crash. He was disqualified from driving for 10 years.

Secret Millionaire

Lawyer in the case Bashir Ahmed said: "He failed to stop at the scene or to even report the incident which may have allowed Mr Yousaf to receive medical treatment.

"He drove through a speed camera in a 30mph residential zone on the junction of Kirkstall Road and St Anne's Rise. The camera recorded a speed of 90mph."

Mr Ahmed added: "Mr Yousaf had been looking forward to attending his daughter's graduation in July but sadly never made it as he died of his injuries."

Pilotille also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods and aggravated vehicle-taking.

The Crown Prosecution Service said the case of aggravated vehicle-taking related to a crime committed last November.

Pilotille jumped into a car being used by the makers of the Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire.

The millionaire taking part in the episode was sitting inside the BMW at the time, but managed to jump out of the car shortly afterwards.

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