Hit & Run Driver In The Dock
This from the front page of today’s Whitley Bay News Guardian:
Hit and rund driver held on remand
A man charged in connection with a hit and run which left a Whitley Bay father fighting for his life has been remanded in custody.
Peter Rowell is accused of driving the car which collided with cyclist Alistair Barnett , 51, in Monkseaton Drive on June 21 and then attempting to cover up evidence by having his car repaired after the accident.
Rowell, 24, of Eastbourne Gardens, Whitley Bay, entered no pleas to charges of dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice, failing to stop, failing to report an accident and making a false statement to obtain motor insurance, when he appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates’ court on Monday.
The former Kwik Fit worker was remanded in custody to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on October 19.
Anyway, I hope Alistair Barnett is on the mend, and if they find Rowell guilty, will get the satisfaction of seeing him sent down for a good long stretch of bird. Well, if he’s found guilty at the Crown Court, I hope they trow the book at him.
Interestingly enough, I’ve searched, and can find no reference to whether or not the victim was wearing a helmet - is this actually a case of the press reporting the relevant facts of what happened, rather than trying to cast judgement on the cyclist?
Doubtless the driver’s defence team will seek to make an issue of whether or not the victim was lidded and day-glo’d-up, and probably also say that the whole affair was the cyclist fault, as he swerved suddenly into the car’s path and there was nothing the driver could do about it . . .