Driver jailed after hit-and-run

A MOTORIST who fled the scene of a hit and run crash which killed a 62-year-old holiday maker was jailed for 20 weeks yesterday.Lee Greenwood panicked and headed through the Norfolk countryside after he struck Richard Cave with the Renault Clio he was driving and dragged him underneath the vehicle.

A MOTORIST who fled the scene of a hit and run crash which killed a 62-year-old holiday maker was jailed for 20 weeks yesterday.

Lee Greenwood panicked and headed through the Norfolk countryside after he struck Richard Cave with the Renault Clio he was driving and dragged him underneath the vehicle.

Magistrates heard that just hours before the crash in Rottenstone Lane, Scratby, near Yarmouth, on May 11, Greenwood and his girlfriend had run up a £100 bar bill at a pub.

Greenwood was jailed by Yarmouth magistrates after he pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the accident which killed Mr Cave, who was 62 and from Wooton in Bedfordshire.

The court was told Mr Cave was walking to his holiday chalet just after midnight when Greenwood, who was also on holiday, hit him as he drove the other way down the unlit and narrow road after going to Hemsby for a Chinese take way.

Elizabeth Houghton, prosecuting, said: “An accident did occur and it involved the tragic death of a pedestrian.

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“Mr Cave was hit on the right side of his body and dragged underneath the vehicle for a short distance.”

Greenwood and his girlfriend, Natalie Wellings, were then seen at a holiday camp trying to remove their car's smashed windscreen and were heard talking about packing their belongings.

Greenwood, of Dunstable, Bedfordshire, then drove off and started to run through the countryside to Fleggburgh in a state of panic.

Mrs Houghton said that Greenwood and his partner had been drinking in the California Tavern, California, from 1pm until 7pm before the crash and had run up a £100 bar bill.

Because he was found eight hours after the crash police could not say if Greenwood had been over the drink drive limit at the of the crash. Traces of alcohol and cocaine were found in his blood.

Heather Little, in mitigation said: “He was looking at his girlfriend when he collided with something. He said he panicked and drove off. He did not know what to do with himself.

“He knows what he did was wrong. It was an extremely tragic accident. He has to live with the memory of that for the rest of his life.”

The court heard that prison would jeopardise Greenwood's chances of starting work as a railway line maintenance worker.