Man jailed after Louth hit and run incident

Louth hit and run

Man jailed after Louth hit and run incident

Over a year and a half after a hit and run incident in Newmarket, Louth, Paul Owen (33) was jailed yesterday after he left a 12-year-old schoolgirl lying seriously injured on a road.

The motorist, who does not currently have a permanent residence, drove through a red light as the girl was walking along a pedestrian crossing.

She attempted to avoid the vehicle but was unsuccessful and thrown to the ground.

She received bloody facial injuries in the process and will be scarred for life.

Passers by immediately came to her aid to ensure that none of her injuries were aggravated further.

After appearing at Lincoln Crown Court, Owen now faces 12 months in jail and is banned from driving for the next three and half years.

He will have to pass another extended driving test if he ever wants to get back on the road.

The Lincolnshire Police tracked down the man at the beginning of 2020, but he had initially denied being out of the house at the time.

CCTV footage later proved that Owens had been driving around Louth that day, so he confessed to the crime.

He claimed to have been distracted by another driver pulling out in front of him and so missed the red light, but his cowardice at driving away after the accident was inexcusable.

Owens is hopeful that his prison sentence will be suspended due to his mental health issues.

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