Motorist who failed to stop at fatal accident jailed

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A driver who failed to stop at an accident in which a teenager was fatally injured has been jailed.

Runshaw College student Aaron Cook, 16, died after he fell from a motorway bridge over the M6 at Leyland into the path of a car.

Driver Mohamed Riaz, 58, of Emily Street, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to death by careless/ inconsiderate driving, driving with no insurance, failure to stop and failure to report following the collision in January last year.

He was sentenced to 54 weeks in prison at Preston Crown Court.

Aaron, who lived with his family in Keepers Wood Way, Chorley, was studying childcare at Runshaw College in Leyland and had hoped to become a nursery worker.

Aaron’s mother Amanda said today: “I am pleased that Riaz will now spend time in custody as he has shown absolutely no remorse for his actions that night.

“We will never stop loving Aaron but the sentence will hopefully allow the family to move on and start to rebuild our lives. Rest in peace, my precious son.”

She had previously told the Evening Post: “Aaron meant absolutely everything to me. I know he was 16 but he was my baby.

“The last text I got from Aaron said, ‘Mum I love you, you’re one in a million, see you soon, thank you for everything you’ve done.’”

PS Steven Wignall of the Roads Policing Unit said: “Whilst we are satisfied with the sentence passed by the court, no sentence can bring Aaron back and our thoughts remain with his family at this sad time.”