A MOTORIST who knocked down and killed a Brinsworth teenager who was crossing the road with his friends has been jailed for six years and seven months.
Mitchel Hughes (25, pictured below), of Lapwater Road, Wingfield, caused the death of Ryan Durkin (15,above) while driving in a BMW on Brinsworth Lane, Brinsworth, on Good Friday last year.
He admitted causing death by dangerous driving at a hearing last October and was finally sentenced to five-and-a-half years at Sheffield Crown Court on Monday.
Hughes, who appeared by video link from prison, was sentenced to a further 12 months in prison after admitting perverting the course of justice after the court heard how he gave the police a fake name when stopped in a car with false number plates, and to a month more for breaching a suspended sentence order.
Judge Jeremy Richardson called his actions “comprehensively deplorable”.
Ryan, who was a pupil at Brinsworth Academy, was left in a critical condition in the crash and died at Sheffield Children’s Hospital eight days afterwards.
Hundreds gathered for his funeral at Magna Science and Adventure Centre where the teenager’s coffin was emblazoned with the badge of his beloved Sheffield United.
The popular teenager played football for Phoenix Youth under-15s, who held a fundraising tournament for him after his death.