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Teesside hit and run driver sentenced for death of 72-year-old man

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A Teesside man who fled the scene after his vehicle fatally collided with a 72-year-old grandfather has been sentenced today at Teesside Crown Court.

Richard Huitson, 37, of Lime Trees Close, Port Clarence, previously pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to six years and eight months' imprisonment.

The charge relates to the death of William Lewis on 23rd August on Belasis Avenue, Billingham. Huitson was the driver of a Land Rover Discovery, which hurtled across the centre of a roundabout before pinning Mr Lewis against a wall. Mr Lewis sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Richard Wilson of CPS North East said: “In the immediate wake of the fatal collision Richard Huitson fled the scene with little regard for the welfare of William Lewis, despite the significant injuries he had clearly sustained.

“The CPS has worked closely with Cleveland Police to build a robust case against Richard Huitson, employing forensic evidence to prove beyond any reasonable doubt that he had been driving the vehicle at the time of the collision.

“While there is nothing that could ever compensate the family of William Lewis for the loss that they have endured, I would hope that Huitson’s admission of guilt and the significant sentence passed today provide some measure of comfort, at what must remain a very difficult time for them.”

Notes to editors

  • Richard Wilson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East
  • In addition to his prison term, Huitson was also disqualified from driving for a period of 9 years and 4 months.

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