Woman, 20, exited ‘dying on the road’ after driver punched her before speeding away in horror hit-and-run
A MAN who recklessly let a motorcyclist die on the street after a horror hit-and-run has been jailed.
Shane Kelk, of no fixed address, was a disqualified driver when he took the life of 20-year-old Amy Cooper on November 13, 2022.
The 28-year-old hit Amy in a head-on collision after turning the wrong side of the road in fog.
Ambulances quickly got Amy from the scene on the B1168 near Holbeach, but she tragically died in hospital the following day.
Kelk appeared at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, February 2023, where prosecutor Jeremy James said the defendant’s girlfriend hid him after the crash.
He then fled to Peterborough to evade the police.
The 28-year-old was later arrested after being chased by the force on foot and unable to escape while climbing a wall.
Judge Simon Hirst told the court that Kelk had “left Amy numb on the street to die”.
“You found Amy and heard her mumbling,” he said.
“What you didn’t do was stay with Amy. What you didn’t do was call 999 to seek help.
“What you did was all you could to save your own skin.”
Amy’s mother, Amanda, read a statement in court, saying, “She had her whole life ahead of her and didn’t deserve to be curtailed like this.”
The court also heard the defendant had 22 prior convictions for 52 offenses, including other convictions for driving with excessive drinking and while on a driving ban.
Kelk was jailed for eight years and three months after pleading guilty to six offenses including causing death by dangerous driving.
He also admitted causing the death by driving disqualified, failing to stop and report in the collision, driving without insurance and possessing cannabis resin.
He is banned from road traffic for eight and a half years.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/7304970/shane-kelk-hit-and-run-sentence/ Woman, 20, exited ‘dying on the road’ after driver punched her before speeding away in horror hit-and-run