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Tests suggested Eton-educated Ivan Mazour had smoked cannabis and may have been up to three times above the drink-drive limit when his sports car careered into a lamp-post at nearly 90mph.
The 22-year-old’s 170mph Mitsubishi Evolution VIII then hurtled across the central reservation and rammed a BMW head on Southwark Crown Court heard.
The driver and his five passengers were all seriously hurt.
Mazour – whose father Ivan Mazour Snr was catapulted into the ranks of Russia’s super-rich with the privatisation of the country’s energy industry – was also badly injured.
But his front seat passenger fashion student Charlie Green 21 died almost instantly.
Mazour a Cambridge University student from Fulham had repeatedly ignored pleas to slow down and even not to drive at all.
He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving moments before he was due to stand trial last week.
Judge Anthony Pitts today said photographs of the crash in London’s Piccadilly Underpass were so severe they were reminiscent of the car crash that killed Princess of Wales in Paris ‘all those years ago’.
His victim’s distraught parents and fiancee listened from the jury box as they heard the ‘tragedy’ fell into ‘the most serious culpability category’.