THE COUSIN of a motorcyclist killed by a driver doing a reckless U-turn has spoken of his family's grief six months on from the fateful crash, after the man responsible was convicted.
Wagner Carvalho cut an emotional figure at Isleworth Crown Court last Friday (3) as Bhikoo Govind, of Byron Road, Harrow, was sentenced after admitting to causing the death of Humberto Venturini (pictured) , a Brazilian national formerly of Marina Approach, Hayes.
Mr Carvalho, who lived with Mr Venturini for five years until a few weeks before the tragic incident, told the Gazette: "He was like a brother to me.
"We used to do everything together, and now he's gone – I still haven't gotten over the loss.
"The whole family has just been trying to forget what has happened and carry on with our lives, but being in court and going over everything brought it all back to me."
The court heard that Govind, 44, was on his way to work on May 17 and driving along High Street, Hayes, when he saw traffic backed up on the overpass ahead of him.
In a bid to avoid the congested route, he performed a u-turn without indicating, in what was described as a 'terrible misjudgement'.
Mr Venturini, 31, careered into the passenger door of Mr Govind's Nissan Micra at high speed, giving him 'no chance', and died shortly after the collision.
He left behind a one year-old son, Yuri, and wife Bruna, who had said that she would attend if Govind denied the charge and the case went to trial.
An tearful Mr Carvalho, of Mellow Lane, Hayes, added: "Humberto was always laughing and joking. He was a lot of fun, very easy going, and was always willing to help out when he could.
"The sentence is irrelevant – my family has forgiven [Govind], but we are still trying to improve our feelings about the loss.
"His wife is in pieces and is trying to rebuild her life – he was everything to her. His mother hasn't come to terms with what has happened, she is still waiting in Brazil for him to come back.
"Christmas and new years are coming up, and these are times best spent with your family. It will be extremely hard not having Humberto there."
The court heard that Mr Govind, who was described as an 'extremely devoted and strong family man', was sorry for the pain he had caused the victim's own loved ones, and a private letter from Govind for Mr Venturini's wife was given to Mr Carvalho.
Upon handing down the sentence, Judge Molyneux reflected on the case, saying: "It is a sad tragedy for the Venturini family and for you and your family, and no sentence of this court will change that."
Members of Govind's family sobbed in the public gallery as he was sentenced to 200 hours community service, and banned from driving for two years.