Cyclist Kyle Coen death: Driver jailed for six months

  • 27 February 2013
  • From the section Kent
Kyle Coen
Image caption Kyle Coen was treated by paramedics but died at the scene

A man has been jailed for lying to police about his involvement in the death of a boy knocked off his bike.

Kyle Coen, 14, of Sittingbourne, Kent, died in July 2012 following a hit-and-run crash near Bapchild Cricket Club.

Robert Lawrence, 24, of Barrow Green, Teynham, was jailed for six months and banned from driving for 12 months at Maidstone Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident and perverting the course of justice earlier.

Kyle was cycling to meet his girlfriend in Faversham when he was struck by a car. The teenager was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.

Det Sgt Paul Fewtrell, of Kent Police, said: "Offences of failure to stop following a collision are serious, but leaving the scene where a teenager sustained injuries that resulted in his death was shocking to all involved in this investigation.

"This was compounded by the phone call to police by Lawrence reporting his vehicle had been stolen. The damage to his vehicle would clearly have shown to him the extent of the injury caused, yet he tried to deflect the blame at the earliest opportunity."

The force also thanked members of the public who tried to resuscitate Kyle following the crash.

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