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Drebbin
03-31-2005, 10:27 AM
The Star (Sheffield)

March 11, 2005

HEADLINE: Crash driver left his victim to die

A TEENAGE hit-and-run driver left his victim to die in a field while he went to find a phone box ... to arrange a lift from a relative instead of calling for an ambulance.

Lee Pearson was today beginning a four-year custody term for causing the death of motorcyclist Oliver Matthews near Kiveton Park just 12 days after his 16th birthday.

Pearson, aged 19, was also given a two-year sentence for the aggravated taking of a vehicle to run concurrently.

The parents of the dead teenager were too distraught to speak after the case at Sheffield Crown Court.

But Wales High School friends of Oliver, who lived at Winny Hill, Harthill, were upset at the length of the sentence.

Prosecutor Paul O'Shea said Pearson stole a Ford Fiesta belonging to a pensioner on November 28 and was spotted in several locations before darting out of Packman Lane at its junction with Thorpe Road.

He knew the fateful stretch of road, recognised as "something of a racetrack" by locals, but failed to see Oliver.

Investigators estimated Pearson's speed at 40-50mph and found a gouge in a road surface littered with remnants of the smashed Peugeot scooter. The Fiesta ended up 70 metres from the impact in a field along with Oliver's body which had been carried on the vehicle.

Pearson, of Narrow Lane, North Anston, had never had lessons or taken a driving test, the court was told, but had previous convictions for taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving and failing to stop. He was already banned.

Oliver had experienced motorcycles since the age of nine and was described as "safety conscious". He was saving for a car, but had persuaded his reluctant parents to allow him to buy a scooter to tide him over when he started a college course at Worksop.


Pearson stole the car in the early hours of November 28 and collided with Oliver Matthews the following evening almost totally destroying the scooter which it hit so hard a wheel of the Fiesta almost came off.

Police dogs tracked Pearson and his friend's scene towards Thorpe Salvin. But it wasn't until December 1 when police caught the teenager who had sustained a limp.

Pearson was given four years in custody for causing Oliver's death by dangerous driving.

He admitted that, driving while banned and without insurance, aggravated vehicle taking and leaving the scene of an accident. He was further banned from driving for seven years.

bikerTrash
03-31-2005, 11:15 AM
Now thats horeshit. Kill anybody you go directly to jail. Apparently this kid is a troublemaker and will not learn untill he gets his ass kicked/raped in jail.

Tony
03-31-2005, 03:40 PM
This is the type of case where the driver who kills deserves severe punishment. Stealing a car while banned from driving, killing someone, Fleeing the scene and hiding from the law. It looks like 6 years maxiumum so far for this guy, which I guess is par for the course in England.

bowsaw
04-01-2005, 02:08 PM
Over here, you would get more time for growing a few dope plants, unfuckinbelievable.

Tony
04-01-2005, 08:01 PM
Over here, you would get more time for growing a few dope plants, unfuckinbelievable.

Same here...according to most state laws here... cultivation of any amount is a felony charge, with many states calling for mandatory jail of up to 10 - 15 years.

OldSalt
04-09-2005, 07:24 PM
What a shame. The length of sentence does not do justice to the crime. The kid on the scooter may have been saved had the kid in the car called for an ambulance instead of a get away vehicle.

nucklheadsports
04-17-2005, 01:46 AM
It's a shame you can get hit from behind and killed. That happened to a guy in Com Support Company when I was stationed in Hawaii. A drunk had hit him from behind while he was helping a drag racer haul his car from the drag strip by ridding along side it.