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Man guilty of killing man dragged under car in Swanley

Lynden Way, Swanley in Kent
Image caption Thomas Rossiter died after he was hit by the car on Lynden Road, Swanley

A man has been found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of a man who was hit and dragged under a car in Kent.

Thomas Rossiter, 42, died in hospital after he was injured in the incident on 4 July in Lynden Way, Swanley.

Erasmus Ahwoi, 30, of Stroud Green Gardens, Croydon, was convicted at Maidstone Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.

Ahwoi made no attempt to stop after hitting Mr Rossiter, Kent Police said.

Mr Rossiter had got into the car Ahwoi was driving, the court was told.

'Fled the scene'

After the two men got involved in a dispute, Mr Rossiter got out..

Ahwoi then drove away and hit Mr Rossiter, dragging him along the road for about 100m (330ft).

Mr Rossiter died in hospital later. Ahwoi was charged with murder, which he denied.

The jury at Maidstone Crown Court found him not guilty of murder, but convicted him of causing death by dangerous driving.

Det Ch Insp Nick Gossett said: "Mr Rossiter found himself trapped underneath the car as Ahwoi made no attempt to stop the vehicle and fled the scene.

"He suffered a number of horrific injuries which ultimately led to his death."

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