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Hit and run unlicensed driver jailed for death in Dartford

An unlicensed driver who fatally ran over a man at a pedestrian crossing before speeding away has been jailed for four and a half years.

Jamie Burchell-Reeves jailed Credit: Kent Police

Jamie Burchell-Reeves 23 and of Wakefield Road in Greenhithe, ignored a red light and hit a 28-year-old man in Dartford on Christmas Eve, 2016.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death by driving a vehicle while uninsured and unlicensed, failing to stop after a collision and failing to report a collision.

As well as imprisonment, he was disqualified from driving for five and a half years.

Burchell-Reeves was behind the wheel of his girlfriend’s black Vauxhall Corsa and had just left a roundabout on Crossway Boulevard, exiting in lane two of two.

He then failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing which was indicating a red light to vehicles.

He went on to strike the victim and, instead of stopping to offer support, drove away at speed.

He stopped at a hotel in Masthead Close in Dartford, and swapped seats with his girlfriend, Sophie Clarke, who was a front seat passenger at the time.

Clarke then drove her friend home before going to an address in Bexleyheath.

Later that evening they were reported to police for being involved in the collision.

Officers subsequently located and arrested Clarke and Burchell-Reeves.

Clarke, 20 and of Medway Road in Crayford, was also charged with dangerous driving and permitting the use of a vehicle without a licence and insurance.

On 28 June 2017 she was sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, for the offences after earlier pleading guilty.

The victim was deeply loved by his family and friends and Burchell-Reeves needlessly robbed him of his life. He did not deserve to be left to die in the street but Burchell-Reeves chose to speed away rather than help a man he had seriously injured. There are no words to adequately sum up his actions. Nothing can put right these wrongs but I hope that Liam’s family can take some comfort from the fact he has now gone through the justice system and received a custodial sentence.

– PC Guy Ditcher


Appeal for witnesses to hit and run

Police are appealing for witnesses to a hit and run in Surrey.

A small blue hatchback car is believed to have been involved in a collision with a pedestrian near the junction of Victoria Way and Goldsworth Road in Woking.

The pedestrian suffered serious leg and head injuries and was taken to hospital in London by ambulance.

A man in his 30s from Woking has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving , failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to provide a sample.

Man seriously injured in hit and run

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after a hit and run in Reading.

Two men were crossing London Road near Amity Road in the early hours of this morning when a dark coloured car hit one of them and drove off.

The man was crossing London Road near Amity Road when he was hit Credit: Google Streetview

The victim, a man in his thirties, was seriously injured and has been taken to hospital where he is currently being treated. The second man was unhurt.

Road closures are currently in place on London Road as officers carry out their investigation.

“A man has been very seriously injured in this collision. The driver of the vehicle that inflicted the damage on him has left the scene seemingly without a thought for the victim.

“We are keen to hear from anyone in the Reading or Berkshire area who has seen a dark-coloured car with front end damage – damage that was not there yesterday.”

– Insp Gavin Biggs of Roads Policing department

Appeal to driver of car with fluffy steering wheel to come forward over hit and run

Police investigating a hit and run in Poole are urging the driver of a car with a fluffy steering wheel to come forward.

It happened last Tuesday morning as the pedestrian crossed on Alder Road next to the roundabout at Sainsburys.

The victim, a local woman aged in her 60s, was walking across the pedestrian crossing that was on red for drivers when she was hit by a small black car being driven by a woman.

The victim describes the vehicle as having a fluffy steering wheel. The driver mouthed "are you ok?" before driving away.

The victim was left with bruising and a minor injury to her leg which has caused her to walk with a limp.

"It is very lucky the victim was not seriously injured although she has been left shaken by the incident.

"I am only now in a position to issue the witness appeal as we have only recently been able to speak to the victim and establish the full details.

“Perhaps you know someone who drives a small black car with a fluffy steering wheel? If you do, please contact police. I am also aware there may have been a number of people in the area at the time who may have witnessed the incident and I would ask them to come forward.

“Finally, I would appeal directly to the driver to please contact me.”

– Police Constable Matt Batter, of Poole police


Man in custody following fatal hit-and-run

A man is in custody in connection with a fatal collision in Guildford at the weekend.

Surrey Police discovered a man with serious head injuries in Portsmouth Road near the junction with Turnham Close at around 3am on Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers would still like to trace the drivers of two other cars - a large silver saloon, possibly an old style Mercedes and a small red hatchback which was driving behind it. Both cars were seen travelling through Guildford's gyratory system at around 2.55am on Saturday, 20 August and may have witnessed the incident.

Both drivers are being urged to contact Surrey Police as a matter of urgency quoting reference P16188470. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man killed in hit and run

A man has been killed in a hit and run in Guildford.

Police were called to Portsmouth Road near the junction of Turnham Close at around 3am this morning, where they found a man in his 20s with serious head injuries.

Surrey Police say although the investigation into the man’s death is still in the early stages, it is believed his injuries are consistent with being involved in a road traffic collision.

A thorough search of the area was conducted but the vehicle has not yet been traced. Officers believe the vehicle will have significant damage and possibly will have had traces of blood on it.

Cyclist killed in hit and run in New Forest named by police

A cyclist who died last Wednesday following a hit and run in Fordingbridge has been named by police.

He was 70-year-old Richard White of Downton in Salisbury.

The crash took place on the A338 Salisbury Road at 9.20am on April 28th, and involved the cyclist and what is believed to be a white Ford Transit flatbed vehicle, with the registration BU53 FVM.

Mr White suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital. He was being treated there but died of his injuries.

Detectives are still appealing for information to help trace the vehicle involved, which failed to stop at the scene.

Man charged after 4-year-old injured in hit and run

A man has been charged after a 4-year-old girl was injured in a hit and run in Oxford.

It happened in Mortimer Road near to the junction with Nowell Road at about 4.15pm on 22nd February.

A four-year-old girl was thrown across the bonnet of a car and onto the road. The car reportedly failed to stop at the scene.

The girl received cuts, bruises and abrasions. She was treated at the John Radcliffe Hospital and has since been discharged.

Zaheeb Bokhara, aged 19, of Howard Street, Oxford, was arrested on Friday and charged on Saturday with :

One count of perverting the course of justice.

  • Four counts of driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
  • One count of being the driver of a vehicle that failed to stop after a road accident.
  • One count of being the driver of a vehicle involved in a road accident who failed to report that accident.
  • Four counts of using a motor vehicle on a road/public place without third party insurance.

He's been remanded in custody to appear in court on 1st April.

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