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Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Hit-and-run driver insisted ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ after leaving boy, 10, brain damaged

A HIT-AND-RUN getaway driver who insisted he had done “nothing wrong” after leaving a boy, 10, brain damaged has been jailed for more than three years.

Hit-and-run driver insisted ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’ after leaving boy, 10, brain damaged

Keegan Doyle, 23, knocked down Alfie Watts as he drove speeds of up to 60mph down a street in Saltney, Chester.

The ten-year-old was out playing with his friends, and was left with severe brain damage by Doyle.

He didn’t even slow down – and when he was caught, he told police “I’ve done nothing wrong except hit the kid on the bike”.

Paramedics feared Alfie would not survive a flight in the air ambulance due to the severity of his injuries.

Doyle has been jailed at Mold Crown Court for three years and eight months – pleading guilty to dangerous driving and arson.

Doyle, of Warren Drive, Broughton, attempted to torch the car to destroy evidence before he was nicked – leaving a burning rag in the petrol tank.

Idiotic thug Doyle was arrested after leaving his wallet, with his picture and name inside, by the car he had attempted to burn.

Judge Niclas Parry branded him “utterly cowardly and selfish”, adding: “It's difficult to imagine a far worse case”.

The yob was also banned from driving for four years and 10 months, with the ban coming into effect when he is released from jail.

Judge Parry said Doyle hadn't braked or slowed as the youngster crossed the road and Alfie had struck the windscreen and bounced off the car.

Doyle had attended a previous hearing sporting a stained sweatshirt and a black eye.

It is believed he was beaten up by accomplices in a bid to stop him telling police who they were.

In a heart-breaking victim statement, Alfie's mother Zoe said the crash had completely changed her life.

Alfie and a friend had been playing football in a park and were returning there on their bikes to collect coats.

Zoe told the court: “I ran to the scene and I saw a flood of emergency lights.

“I was hoping I would pick him up and take him home for his tea but I quickly realised that would not be happening.

“I didn't even have time to give him a kiss. We sat at his bedside praying for him to wake up.”

Sentencing, Judge Parry said: “On January 6 the life of a bright, active, happy ten-year-old boy was changed irreversibly. He suffered potentially life-changing injuries.”

Sergeant Liam Ho, of the North Wales Roads Policing Unit, said: “When Doyle drove at speed and struck Alfie with his car he will have been in no doubt that the victim would have been left, at best, with extremely serious injuries. At worst he could have been killed.

“Our thoughts remain with Alfie, who was left with significant injuries because of what Doyle did that day, as he continues to undergo treatment at Alder Hey Hospital.

“We are pleased that Doyle is now facing justice for his cowardly act and hope that the sentence reinforces our message that we will do everything we can to find people who commit such offences and bring them before the courts.”

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