Reaction to hit and run trio’s sentences

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Two men have been jailed after admitting charges connected to a hit and run which left an Ilkeston teenager with permanent brain injuries.

Matthew Reynolds, of St Norbert’s Drive, Kirk Hallam, was jailed for a total of three years and six months for failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident, driving with no insurance and perverting the course of justice.

The 29-year-old was banned from driving for four years during the hearing today (Friday) at Derby Crown Court.

James Harrison, 22, of Oliver Road, Kirk Hallam, admitted perverting the course of justice and was jailed for 20 months.

A third man Scott Hipkiss, 18, of Kirkby-in-Ashfield was given an eight-month sentence, suspended for a year and 200 hours of unpaid work for admitting perverting the course of justice.

Reacting to the sentences passed, Hunter Thomson, Haydn’s dad, said: “As a family we feel the sentences passed today were very fair.

“The driver got the maximum sentence he could for what he was charged with.”

Speaking about Haydn’s injuries, Hunter said: “We’ve been told that there will never be a full recovery but at least we still have Haydn here today.

“He isn’t the lad he used to be, he never will be but we’ve come together as a family and we’ve had tremendous support from the community, the press, social media and of course the police who did a fantastic job.”

Commenting on his family’s feelings after the incident, Hunter said: “People should use this case as an example and consider the consequences of their actions, my son was left in he road to die. I thought I was coming home to a dead son.

“We’ve all driven a bit fast, we’ve all listened to music a bit too loud, it’s part of growing up, but most people would stop and take responsibility for their actions, not drive off and leave someone dying in the road.

“It’s easy to show remorse when you’re caught, true remorse would have been stopping and doing the right thing at the time.”

Speaking after the hearing, collision investigator, Pc Paul Barker said: “This was a terrible incident which had tragic consequences for the young man who was left seriously injured.

“We are pleased the defendants all pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity which prevented the family having to relive the ordeal in court.

“However, if the three defendants had acted responsibly at the time of the incident they wouldn’t be facing the sentences they have been given today.”