A man has admitted failing to stop at the scene of a crash which claimed the life of a six-year-old boy.

Owen Wightman
Owen Wightman was killed last year Photo: Calendar

A motorist who caused the death of a six-year-old boy while driving at almost twice the speed limit has now admitted he failed to stop at the scene of the collision in West Yorkshire.

Peter Renshaw, 22, had already admitted causing the death by dangerous driving of Owen Wightman, who was crossing a road near his home in Wakefield on June 18 last year.

Renshaw appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Monday for a two-day Newton hearing to decide whether 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 collision and, despite stopping shortly after 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 collided with a pedestrian and thought he may have hit a pothole.

But, following a break in proceedings, Renshaw changed his pleas to the final two allegations. Judge Geoffrey Marson QC told Renshaw, of Grange Drive, Emley, Huddersfield, he will be sentenced on Tuesday.

The court heard how Owen was struck by Renshaw's Fiat Seicento car while out playing with a friend on Fishpond Lane, Kettlethorpe, Wakefield.

The court was told the speed of the Fiat in the 30mph limit was 57mph and Owen was carried 75ft (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."