Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hit-and-run driver jailed over Fordingbridge fatal crash

Noah Chapman Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Police said Chapman disposed of his vehicle and provided a false document to try to escape justice

A van driver who drove off from a crash scene leaving a cyclist fatally injured has been jailed for three years.

Noah Chapman, 23, hit cyclist Richard White, 70, on the A338 north of Fordingbridge, Hampshire on 28 April.

Hampshire Constabulary said Chapman then bought a new vehicle and changed his insurance, backdating it to before the crash, to try to avoid punishment.

At Southampton Crown Court, he admitted causing death by careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption Police released CCTV footage of the white transit van thought to have been involved in the crash

Following the crash, Mr White, from Salisbury, was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died on 18 May.

Police released a CCTV image of a white flat-bed Ford Transit vehicle in a bid to trace the driver.

Chapman, of Bingham Road, Verwood, was arrested in July.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for causing death by careless driving and a total of 18 months for two counts of perverting the course of justice, which will run consecutively.

He was also disqualified from driving for five and a half years.

PC Lucy Hawkins said: "Chapman did everything he could to try and get away with what he had done, even once it was revealed that his actions had killed a man.

"He disposed of the vehicle, his mobile phone, provided a false statement and a false document to try and support his story."

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