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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