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Man rushed to hospital after Cheadle hit and run

Map shows Cheadle High Street Credit: Google Maps

A man has been rushed to hospital after a hit and run at about 8pm Boxing Day on Cheadle High Street. Officers say the vehicle failed to stop.

He is said to have suffered severe head injuries and has been taken to Wythenshawe Hospital.

The road has been cordoned off and there is a large police presence.

Manchester hit and run, man sentenced to 6 years

Paul Tomlinson, sentenced for 6 years after hit and run of Susan Smythe Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A motorist who fatally collided with a pedestrian has been jailed.

Paul Tomlinson from Sale Moor was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from driving for eight years at Minshull Street Crown Court.

At a previous hearing, Tomlinson pleaded guilty to causing the death of Susan Smythe, 59, by dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and failing to stop and report a collision.

At around 9pm on Friday 9 September 2016, Tomlinson was driving his Volkswagen Golf along Wharfside Way, Trafford Park, when he almost collided with a vehicle waiting at a set of traffic lights.

He was also seen mounting a kerb and narrowly avoiding collisions.

Shortly afterwards, Ms Smythe was crossing Chester Road when Tomlinson, driving at high speed, swerved erratically from the left lane, where the front side of his car collided with her.

Ms Smythe suffered grave head injuries and sadly died at the scene.

He failed to stop at the and, before going home, left his car at a nearby car park and wiped the steering wheel and doors with a pair of leggings.

Tomlinson was later arrested at his home address before he was breathalysed in custody where he was very much over the legal limit, although it is unclear how much alcohol was in his system at the time of the incident.

"Tomlinson was an enormous amount over the legal drink drive limit and was in no fit state to be behind the wheel that night.

"Despite repeated screams from his girlfriend to slow down, Tomlinson continue to drive erratically and was reaching speeds in excess of 60mph in 40mph zones.

What makes his crime even worse is the fact that he failed to stop and even attempted to cover up what he'd done by cleaning his finger prints off the vehicle.

No sentence can bring Susan back, but today's outcome should provide a stark reminder of the perils of driving under the influence of alcohol.

I hope it can at least bring some closure to Susan's family and help prevent other lives being needlessly lost on our roads."

– Police Constable Anthony Pye, GMP Serious Collision Investigation Unit
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