Wakefield Death Driver Admits Hit And Run

28 May 2012, 18:18

Peter Renshaw had already admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of Owen Wightman and has now admitted leaving the scene of the crash near Wakefield.

The 22 year old was doing twice the legal limit when he hit the little boy who was playing with a friend near his home last June.

Renshaw appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Monday for a two-day hearing to decide if he was guilty of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. 

The court heard the defendant barely slowed down after the crash and, despite stopping to check damage to his car, took three days to turn himself in to West Yorkshire Police. 

He told officers at the time he had no idea he had hit a child and thought he may have hit a pothole, but today he pleaeded guilty to the the final two allegations. 

The court was told the speed of the Fiat in the 30mph limit was 57mph and Owen was carried 23 metres down the road by the impact, which one witness said sounded like a gunshot. 

Judge Marson granted Renshaw bail but, referring to earlier comments about a probable jail sentence, he told him: ``You know what you must expect tomorrow.''

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