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Man jailed for a hit and run in Wakefield

Owen Wightman Photo: PA

A hit and run motorist who killed a six year old boy in has been jailed for five years and three months.

Twenty two year old Peter Renshaw was driving at almost twice the speed limit when he hit Owen Wightman as he crossed the road near his home in Wakefield last June.

Renshaw had earlier admitted causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident.

Peter Renshaw was driving at almost twice the speed limit Credit: Calendar

Leeds Crown Court had heard how Renshaw 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.

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

Renshaw's car was said to have been travelling at 57 mph in a 30 mph zone. The impact - described by one witness as sounding like a gunshot - carried Owen 75ft (23 metres) down the road.

Owen was hit a glancing blow by the car and was struck by the front of the vehicle before being pushed onto the bonnet.