A BOY who was killed in a “hit and run accident” may have survived if the driver had stuck to the speed limit, a court heard.
Owen Wightman, 6, of Chaplethorpe, was struck by a car doing nearly double the 30mph speed limit as he crossed Fishponds Lane, last June.
Peter Michael Renshaw, 22, has admitted causing Owen’s death by dangerous driving but disputes that he failed to stop after the accident and that his car was damaged afterwards to disguise what had happened.
Leeds Crown Court heard today (Monday) that Renshaw was believed to have been travelling at 57 mph.
A senior collision investigator believed if Renshaw had been driving within the speed limit Owen may have survived or not been hit at all.
Renshaw, of Grange Drive, Emley, told police three days after the accident he had been travelling within the speed limit and the road was clear.
He claimed he heard a bang and thought he may have hit a pot hole, a branch or a log.
A witness described the sound of the collision as being like a “gunshot.”
A trial of the issues continues.