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A driver who hit a 12-year-old schoolboy in Chorlton and then failed to stop before scrapping his car has been jailed

One witness described Richard Allan’s driving on Tuesday 18 May 2021 as ‘horrendously dangerous’ both before and after the crash on Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton.

The boy, who was taken to hospital with life-threatening head injuries, has fortunately begun to make a recovery.

Following the collision, Allan tried to cover his tracks by taking his Ford Focus to a scrap merchant.

Allan (13/08/83), of Tensing Fold, Dukinfield, Tameside, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, failing to report a road traffic collision and perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing.

Today (Friday 25 February 2022), at Minshull Street Crown Court, he was sentenced to two years and six months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for 51 months.

Allan was seen driving erratically in Chorlton by several witnesses in the lead-up to the crash.

At 3.46pm, his vehicle was seen turning from Beech Road onto Barlow Moor Road towards Mauldeth Road West.

Allan then became stuck in a queue of traffic outside McDonald’s and made a U-turn, driving away at excess speed despite the 30mph speed limit.

Police Constable Phil Drummond, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “At this time of day, the area was very busy with both traffic and pedestrians.

“A number of schoolchildren were in the area and traffic was very heavy due to the roadworks and temporary traffic lights.

“The 12-year-old was crossing Barlow Moor Road when he was struck by Allan’s car, throwing him into the air.

“After the crash, despite knowing he had hit a pedestrian and with no consideration for their condition, Allan chose to drive away at high speed, making no attempt to stop.”

Mobile phone data showed Allan made several calls to vehicle recovery agents after the crash – the same data also revealed the phone had been in the area at the time the collision occurred.

On Wednesday 19 May 2021, Allan arranged for the vehicle to be scrapped.

Officers recovered the vehicle from a scrapyard in north Manchester and Allan was arrested in Dukinfield on Tuesday 25 May 2021.

Clothes worn by Allan on the day of the crash were also recovered, along with his mobile phone.

PC Drummond added: “Allan’s driving that day was dangerous, erratic and thoughtless. He showed no consideration for pedestrians or other road users in the area, let alone his young victim.”

“He was seen driving recklessly before the crash and became impatient in the roadworks, making a U-turn and driving the opposite direction.

“Allan went to considerable effort to destroy evidence connecting him to the offences, making efforts to permanently dispose of the vehicle by handing it over to a scrap merchant.

“This incident is a stark reminder of the consequences of dangerous driving and could have resulted in the death of a young boy.

“I hope this serves as a reminder to those who continue to endanger the public – we will continue to bring you to justice.”

 

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