Fled scene of death smash

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A PASSENGER fled the scene of a fatal crash after getting in a stolen 4x4.

Sam Hanlon, 23, from Wingate, was one of three people travelling in a Range Rover when it hit and killed a 27-year-old man.

The vehicle, which had been taken by the 15-year-old driver without consent, was going at 70mph in a 30mph residential street when he it hit Douglas Scott Robertson, who was walking to a social club.

Mr Robertson was dragged for 340ft over waste ground before the Range Rover, which had been taken in Stockton, stopped in a workingmen’s club car park in Stokesley.

Teesside Crown Court heard Hanlon got in the vehicle about 10 minutes before the fatal collision on January 18 when he was offered a lift by Charles Edward Tyers who he knew.

The driver accelerated hard shortly afterwards when police who were looking for the vehicle sounded their siren.

Prosecutor David Bradshaw said Tyers lost control and veered off the road and struck a lamppost, knocking it out of the ground and sending it 50ft down the street.

Mr Bradshaw said: “At the time the vehicle collided with the deceased he was walking along the footpath carrying an umbrella minding his own business and making his way towards a social club.

“He was dragged 340ft over some waste ground until the vehicle went through a small wall and tree and hit the side of the working men’s club.

“The deceased was found at the rear of the Range Rover at the side of the building. He was found to be dead at the scene.”

Tyers, of High Lane, Maltby, near Middlesbrough, was locked up for five years after he admitted death by dangerous driving. He was given five years youth detention.

Hanlon, of Ferndale Close, Wingate, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking. He was given a 12-month community order and 200-hours unpaid work.

Bill Davison, mitigating for Hanlon said: “He deeply regrets what occurred. He has had a significant period in custody bringing matters home to him. He expresses genuine contrition.”

Passing sentence Judge John Walford said Mr Robertson was a much loved son, brother and friend. Judge Walford said: “At your age you should have tried to stop his offending rather than to encourage it by getting in the car.”