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A 64-year-old man has been jailed for 3 years after ploughing his Mercedes into a teenage cyclist and leaving him for dead in the middle of the road.

Kiernan Roberts, 16, was cycling home from his part time job when he was hit by Owen Finn, formerly President of the and Humber Chamber of Commerce, fled the scene and drove 130 miles to his home in Birmingham with a cracked windscreen. Kiernan was left in the middle of the road with a broken neck and a brain injury.

He was found by a passer-by and is expected to leave hospital this week after life-saving surgery for his injuries. He will need 24-hour care once he returns home.

On appearing before magistrates, Finn initially denied all his charges but when he appeared before Hull Crown Court he admitted causing serious injuries by dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and drink-driving.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said:

“I state at once that this is an exceptionally serious case. It reveals the utterly dreadful consequences of drinking and driving, particularly when the driver is driving a car having consumed over twice the permitted level of alcohol for driving.

“Your behaviour that night was shameful in the extreme. Your cowardice after the collision was breathtaking in its callous disregard for the life of the boy who you maimed, leaving him as you did in the roadway while you made off in an endeavour to evade justice.”

Judge Richardson sentenced Finn to three years in prison, as well as banning him from driving for eleven and a half years.

In a statement on behalf of the family, read by Kiernan’s sister, Katrina McLane, they said: “Owen Finn is responsible for this and it is right and fitting that he receives this jail sentence in order for redemption to take place, particularly in light of the fact that he went to such measures to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.

“It is unfortunate the law does not allow harsher sentencing for this offence. The sentencing guidelines do not come close to reflecting the pain and suffering Kiernan and our family have endured.

The family would like to thank everyone who has supported us and Kiernan on his journey of survival; the police and everyone who assisted him in their investigation, and the media for respecting our privacy during such an emotionally difficult time.”

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