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Mitchell Anderson died after being struck by a sports car near the Rideau Centre in 2008. ((CBC))

An Ottawa man convicted of running over a homeless man with his car and then driving off has been sentenced to two years less a day.

Vlad Precup, 34, was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of an accident in connection with the July 2008 death of Mitchell Anderson, 38.

Precup was sentenced Monday to 18 months for the dangerous driving charge and six months for leaving the scene, with both sentences to be served consecutively and no credit for time served.

He will also be on probation and prohibited from driving for three years after serving his sentence.

The court heard Anderson was on his way to see his daughter at an Elgin Street restaurant when he crossed the street in front of Precup's car, a Mazda RX-8, at the corner of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive.

The court heard Anderson kissed his hand and then touched the hood of the vehicle, which caused Precup to rev his engine and run the man down.

Anderson landed on the pavement and his skull was cracked open. By the time witnesses rushed to his aid, the sports car had already left the scene. Anderson was later pronounced dead.

Precup was interviewed three times by police before he was charged in January 2009 after admitting to being behind the wheel of the car that struck Anderson.

Precup's lawyers had argued for leniency on the grounds their client had paranoid schizophrenia and had no prior criminal record. The Crown had been seeking an eight-year sentence.