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Man jailed for Lichfield death crash

Joshua Butler. Credit: Police handout

A motorist who failed to stop after his car killed a man and his dog in Lichfield has been jailed.

Stuart Blackwell, 40, of Manley Road, Lichfield, died following the collision on the A5127 Burton Road in Streethay at around 7.40am on Friday 14 December.

Mr Blackwell was walking the family dog, Oscar, at the time along the same route he’d taken for eight years. Oscar, a black Labrador, also died.

The motorist, Joshua Butler, did not stop his blue Rover 25 and drove off before handing himself in at Lichfield police station later that morning.

Butler from Lichfield, appeared at Stafford Crown Court where he was jailed for four years. The 22-year-old previously pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop.

A full inquiry was carried out by detectives from Staffordshire Police’s Major Investigation Department.