Hit and run driver admits failing to stop after mowing down Owen Wightman

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THE driver who killed little Owen Wightman in a hit and run incident has now admitted failing to stop and report the accident.

Peter Renshaw, 22 had previously pleaded guilty to causing the six-year-olds death by dangerous driving on Fishponds Lane last June.

But he disputed several facts - including failing to stop - and faced a trial of the issues at Leeds Crown Court today (Monday).

Prosecutor Patrick Palmer said Renshaw had been travelling at 57mph in a 30mph zone.

And a crash investigator believed Owen, of Chapelthorpe, may have survived or not been struck at all had Renshaw stuck to the speed limit.

The expert was about to resume his evidence when Renshaw’s barrister asked for the additional charges to be put again.

Renshaw, of Grange Drive, Emley, pleaded guilty to failing to stop and report the accident on June 18 last year mid-way through today’s hearing.

He is expected to be sentenced tomorrow morning.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC bailed Renshaw but told him: “The granting of bail is no indication and you know what you must expect tomorrow.”