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Man who killed pedestrian before fleeing has been jailed

Scott Watkins

[A] man who killed a pedestrian before fleeing and abandoning his car has been jailed.

Scott Watkins (27/07/1993) of Worsley Road North has today, Tuesday 21 August 2018 been sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison and was disqualified from driving for 14 years and 10 months at Minshull Street Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst uninsured, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop and failing to report a road traffic collision.

At 9.50pm on Thursday 31 May, police were called to Europa Way, Trafford Park to reports that a car had collided with a number of pedestrians.

At the time an unofficial car-meet was taking place where over 60 cars were believed to be in attendance.

Witnesses saw Watkins driving a blue BMW 330D when he began speeding and attempted to “drift” the car.

He lost control before mounting the pavement and hitting a group of pedestrians.

Seven people were taken to hospital but sadly 19-year-old Sophie Smith died on Friday 1 June 2018 as a result of catastrophic injuries.

Watkins, who fled the scene, then abandoned the car in Swinton in a bid to evade police.

Following extensive enquiries by officers and information from the public, he was located and arrested by police on Saturday 2 June 2018.

Inspector Daniel Byrne, from GMP’s Serious Collison Investigation Unit, said: “Watkins’ behaviour that night was completely reckless, putting himself and innocent members of the public in danger.

“A young life was ripped from their family and loved ones all because Watkins wanted to show off in front of people and satisfy his thrill-seeking speeding.

“His decision to then leave countless injured people lying in the street was utterly deplorable.

“I welcome this sentencing today, and I hope it can bring some comfort to Sophie’s family and friends knowing the man responsible for her death will now spend time in prison.

“I also hope this case highlights the dangers of unofficial car meets and discourages people form taking part in these events.”

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