The family of a man who was killed after being hit by a car say they now have ‘some closure’ after his killer was jailed.
Frank Fielding, 80, was killed after being hit by a car on High Street in Rishton in October 2011.
This week Michael Yeates, 20, of Trent Street, Longridge was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.
The car, driven by Yeates was travelling 47 miles per hour in 30 mile per hour zone in the town centre.
Frank suffered serious head and leg injuries and was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital in a critical condition but was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
In a statement released today Mr Fielding’s family said: “After a difficult eleven months we as a family can now have some closure, this doesn’t take away the fact that we feel robbed of a much loved father , granddad and friend to many.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in putting this case together, the witnesses and family and friends for all their support.”
Following the sentencing Sergeant Dave Hogarth of the Road Policing Unit said “I hope that the conclusion of these proceedings will go some way to allowing Frank’s family to move forward with their lives.
“This is a tragic case for both families and highlights the stupidity of reckless speeding, which played a huge part in this tragic incident. The terrible consequences of this collision should serve as a strong warning to people not to speed.
“Lancashire Constabulary will not tolerate this type of behaviour on the county’s roads.”