A Hampshire motorist has been given a five-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to failing to stop at a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court.
The Daily Echo reports that Brian Tozer was injured "owing to the presence" of Michael O’Shea’s Mazda 3 on the A343 Redon Way near the Folly Roundabout in Andover. The incident took place shortly before 1am on March 6 and while Tozer was found lying in the road by a passing motorist, he later died in hospital.
O’Shea had fled the scene but was arrested by police later that day following tip-offs following media coverage of the collision.
Defending, Natalie Cheeseman said: “He didn’t know what to do and essentially fled. He stopped and started walking back towards the scene of the incident and [Tozer] was being attended to and left. He found himself in an extremely difficult situation and he has not managed it perfectly. Who is to know what anyone would do in that situation until they are in it?”
Cheeseman claimed O’Shea suffered from undiagnosed learning difficulties and asked magistrates not to pass down a custodial sentence for fear he may lose his job – one he has held since leaving school 12 years ago, without qualifications.
O’Shea told police he had not ‘drunk or smoked’ before driving and was not distracted. He said he had been driving at between 15mph and 20mph.
As well as being handed a five-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, O’Shea was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to do 250 hours’ community service and pay court costs and a victim surcharge totalling £165.