Sentencing of hit and run driver delayed

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THE family of a little boy who was killed in a hit and run will have to wait until next week to see the man responsible jailed.

Peter Michael Renshaw, 22, who has admitted mowing down Owen Wightman on Fishpond Lane last June, was due to be sentenced today (TUESDAY).

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.

But the hearing was adjourned because Judge Geoffrey Marson QC was unwell.

Yesterday at Leeds Crown Court Renshaw, of Grange Drive, Emley, also admitted failing to stop and report the incident to police.

He was found to be driving at 57mph in the 30mph zone at the time.

The court heard from a senior collision investigator who said he believed Owen may not have died or may not have been hit if Renshaw had stuck to the speed limit.

He is expected to be jailed next Thursday, June 7.