A driver has been sentenced to nine months in prison today (Wednesday, August 26) after he knocked down a teenager and drove away.
Andrew John Lane, 21, of Stoney Close, Northchurch, was handed the jail term after he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and driving without insurance.
Teenager Fazan Ahmed – who had collected his GCSE results three days earlier – suffered serious injuries in the collision on Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead, on August 22 last year.
The 16-year-old, who had been playing football with his cousins, was hit by a blue Ford Focus driven too fast by Lane at around 8.25pm just after he had stepped out into the road to retrieve the ball.
St Albans Crown Court heard how Lane, who was travelling between 40 and 48mph in a 30mph zone, stopped for a few seconds before driving away and leaving Fazan for dead.
The Longdean School student was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital in London, where he died from his injuries two days later.
PC Dave Clarke, from the Road Crash Investigation Unit, said: “Firstly I would like to thank Fazan’s family for their support throughout this investigation.
“As you can imagine, they have been through an extremely traumatic time and I am grateful for all they have done to assist us, particularly in the early stages when they made appeals through the media.
“Whilst nothing can bring Fazan back to them, I hope that by seeing justice delivered today may be of some comfort to them.
“I would also like to thank all of the officers and staff involved during the course of this investigation for their hard work and professionalism in dealing with this case.”
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “This case involved a terrible incident, which led to the untimely death of 16-year-old Fazan Ahmed.
“This was a tragic waste of life and one which could have been avoided.
“We have worked closely with Hertfordshire Constabulary since this investigation began and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved.
“We know that nothing will bring Fazan back to his family and friends, but we hope that today’s sentence brings them at least a small sense that justice has been done. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time.”
Lane was also disqualified from driving for two years and will be required to take an extended driving test before he drives again.