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Hit and run driver jailed after killing pedestrian in Hertfordshire

Piotr Caban moved to Welwyn Garden City from his native Poland in June 2016 Credit: Herts police

A driver has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison after he hit and killed a pedestrian in Welwyn Garden City before fleeing the scene.

42-year-old Piotr Caban died after he was hit by Woodcraft's car at the junction with Tewin Road in February this year.

Woodcraft failed to stop at the scene, leaving the father-of- two lying in the road with catastrophic head injuries.

Mr Caban was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge but died the next day.

Woodcraft did not stop at the scene Credit: Herts police

The court heard how witnesses described seeing a silver Mini driving ‘dangerously’ in the moments following the collision, carrying out a high-speed overtake and driving the wrong side of a traffic island on Bridge Road East.

He was travelling in excess of 60mph as he accelerated away from the scene.

The next day, Woodcraft arranged to have the Mini’s windscreen replaced and the damaged screen discarded.

Following several police appeals online and in the local press, Woodcraft handed himself in at Hatfield Police Station on the afternoon of February 7.

As he handed down the sentence to Woodcraft the Judge, Mr Recorder Jacobs QC, said this was a "tragic case where Woodcraft had robbed the family of a life they would have had."

Mr Caban's daughters Ewa and Jasmina. Credit: Herts police

Mr Cabans’ oldest daughter Ewa said in an impact statement which was read out in court: “The effect of me and Mum losing Dad was extra hard and is still affecting us to this day."

"Dad and I shared a lot of similar interests, but I now feel like I have no one to talk to about those things. Any time I needed advice I came to him and my Mum.

"He helped me choose my subject at university to study which was the same as his. Any time I needed a hug or consolation I came to him. He was the one who comforted me when I was heartbroken."

Mr Caban's wife Sylwia and daughter Jasmina Credit: Herts police

Senior Investigating Officer Sergeant Richard Cruse, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Forensic Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a tragic case that has cruelly deprived a family of a much-loved husband and father."

“Not only did Woodcraft’s careless driving result in him colliding with Mr Caban, but his cowardly actions following the incident only compounded the family’s pain."

“He left Mr Caban dying in the road and then attempted to cover up his involvement by having his vehicle’s windscreen replaced. I hope Woodcraft uses his time in prison to reflect on his actions which have caused so much suffering to Piotr’s family.”

Billy Woodcraft, who's 21, was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving, causing death whilst driving uninsured and attempting to pervert the course of justice.