Hit-and-run driver jailed for killing boy, 11, as he cycled to his mum’s house
A dangerous hit-and-run motorist with three previous driving bans who killed an 11-year-old boy in a 55mph crash has today been jailed for six years and eight months.
Michael Ricardo Robinson, 31, was speeding at 55mph in a 20mph zone when he smashed his grey VW Golf into Taylor Schofield.
The youngster was cycling home near Beswick, Manchester, at the time.
Robinson panicked and fled the scene on January 12 but was later detained.
He today was sentenced to six years and eight months for causing death by dangerous driving, a charge he had admitted at a previous hearing .
Sentencing at Manchester Crown Court, Judge Martin Walsh said "I want to make the self-evident point that nothing that this court can do will put right the wrong that has been done and it should be understood that the sentence that I am about to impose cannot, and is not intended to, reflect the value of the young life that was tragically lost on that evening.
"Taylor Schofield, a young boy with considerable potential and with his whole life ahead of him, was killed as a result of the dangerous manner in which you drove your motor vehicle."
"The court cannot put right the wrong that’s been done".
The court heard Taylor was pronounced dead by doctors just 30 minutes after he was taken to hospital with head and chest injuries.
Gavin Howie, prosecuting, said the boy did nothing wrong and looked both ways before attempting to cross the road.
But horrified witnesses told how they saw Taylor fly into the air after the impact at "excessive speed" in a residential area with a 20mph traffic zone.
The judge added: "It is clear to me that this is a case where there was on your part a deliberate decision to ignore or have a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road.
"You took the decision to drive at a speed of 55mph in a severely restricted area.
"The reduced speed limit and the obvious reasons for it were deliberately ignored by you and it was this that created the gross and obvious danger which ultimately led to the collision which resulted in Taylor’s tragic death."
Robinson, who has a young daughter, had 10 previous convictions for 15 offences before the crash.
The defendant, from Gorton, Manchester, was first banned from the roads as a youth in 2004 and has since been given further bans.
On his release from jail, Robinson will be disqualified from driving for 7 years.
Taylor’s previous offences include that of dangerous driving, assault and affray.
The father-of-one was banned from the roads in 2006 and, in April 2017, he was disqualified for a third time for driving while under the influence of drugs and was handed a 12-month ban and a fine.
Paying tribute to Taylor, the youngster’s mum said: "My son Taylor will be so sadly missed by us all – Mum, Matthew, Sophie, Dean, John, friends and family. We will never forget you- you are always in our hearts.”
His dad added: "Taylor- you are my world. We were going on holiday this year and that was tragically taken away from us. You loved your football and those are memories I will hold dearly. My boy- my life will never be the same without you. All I feel is pure devastation and I will feel that every day. Love Dad."
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