Owen Wightman may have survived “hit and run” - court told

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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.

Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of six-year-old Owen Wightman who died in a hit-and-run incident in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, as police are questioning a man about the incident. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 22, 2011. West Yorkshire Police yesterday arrested a 21-year-old from Huddersfield on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was being interviewed in connection with the death of Owen Wightman, who was hit by a car while out playing with his seven-year-old friend close to his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Hit. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Undated handout photo issued by West Yorkshire Police of six-year-old Owen Wightman who died in a hit-and-run incident in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, as police are questioning a man about the incident. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday June 22, 2011. West Yorkshire Police yesterday arrested a 21-year-old from Huddersfield on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was being interviewed in connection with the death of Owen Wightman, who was hit by a car while out playing with his seven-year-old friend close to his home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on Saturday. See PA story POLICE Hit. Photo credit should read: West Yorkshire Police/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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.