A man has been sent to prison for causing the death of a nine-year-old boy in a hit-and-run incident on the road.

Luke Widdop, 51 years old, residing on Park Avenue, Keighley, received an eight-year prison term at Bradford Crown Court today. He had previously pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while under the influence of drugs. Additionally, he was disqualified from driving for seven years, with an extension of four years.

On Friday, September 17, 2021, in Sutton Lane, Sutton-in-Craven, George Lewis, aged nine, was declared deceased at the scene of the collision.

At the time of the incident, Widdop failed to stop. He later presented himself at a police station in North Yorkshire, where he was apprehended.

Detective Constable Mark Turner, of the Major Collision Enquiry Team said: “The reckless actions of Widdop took away any future for George who was just walking home with his family.

“We have continued to support the family throughout this long investigation, and I hope today can bring them some closure and sense of justice, in what has been an extremely difficult few years for them.

“I hope today’s sentence also sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get behind the wheel whilst unfit through drink or drugs.”