Keegan Doyle, 23, ran over Alfie Watts as the youngster played on his bike near his home in Saltney and then fled from the scene before ditching and burning out his car
A driver who left a 10-year-old boy by the roadside in a coma told police he’d “done nothing wrong except for hitting a kid on a bike”.
Keegan Doyle, 23, ran over young Alfie Watts as the youngster played on his bike near his home in January.
He had been in the park with his friend but when they realised they’d left their jackets in the park they went back to get them, reports North Wales Live.
The 10-year-old was thrown into the air and Doyle did not even slow down, let alone, stop as he drove away away up Park Avenue in Saltney, Chester, at speeds of up to 60mph in the residential 30mph zone.
Doyle, who attended an earlier hearing at Mold Crown Court in a stained sweatshirt and sporting a black eye, failed to stop at the scene and later tried to set fire to the Ford Fiesta to destroy any evidence of the crash.
Alfie’s neighbour, Amy Fernandez, described hearing a thud and saw Alfie had a “huge laceration to his head” and was “bleeding from the mouth”.
She said it was “obvious he was fighting for his life”.
Alfie’s injuries were so serious medics decided he wouldn’t have survived an air ambulance flight, so he was taken by car to Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.
He suffered a severe brain injury, and is only expected to come out of hospital at the end of this week, nearly two months after the January 6 crash.
At Mold Crown Court today Judge Niclas Parry jailed Doyle, of Broughton, for three years and eight months.
He was also banned from driving for four years and 10 months, with the ban coming into effect when he is released from jail.
At court, prosecutor Sion ap Mihangel read a statement from Alfie’s mother Zoe.
She described how Alfie’s friend Liam told her what had happened. “I ran to the scene and I saw a flood of emergency lights,” she said.
“I was hoping I would pick him up and take him home for his tea but I quickly realised that would not be happening.
“I told him his mum was with him and that he would be OK. That was the point I realised they were life-threatening injuries. As soon as Alfie arrived at Alder Hey he was rushed straight in for surgery.
“I didn’t even have time to give him a kiss,” Mrs Watts’ statement said.
“We sat at his bedside praying for him to wake up.”
Doyle’s barrister Robin Boag said Doyle knew he would be given a sentence “of some length” and accepted responsibility for the injuries Alfie suffered.
But once he was caught and was being booked into custody, he said he had “done nothing wrong except for hitting a kid on a bike”.
Doyle pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and arson.
The vehicle, his girlfriend Hannah Nicholson’s Ford Fiesta, was found burned out nearby.
Sentencing Doyle, Judge Parry said he had been “utterly cowardly and selfish”.
He told him: “As your victim was crossing the road you drove into him. You didn’t brake, you simply struck him. He bounced off the car and into the road.”
Speaking after today’s court hearing, the family of Alfie Watts said in a statement: “We would like to thank everyone who have wished Alfie well and who have supported him, and us as a family, through an extremely difficult time. We have been overwhelmed with the love and kindness that has been shown.”
“We would also like to thank all those who stopped to assist at the time of the incident – your actions undoubtedly helped save our son’s life.
“Our sincere thanks also go to all the emergency services who responded and to the staff at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool who continue to provide the best care for Alfie.”