Motorbiker jailed over crash that left boy, 9, without leg
A motorcyclist who hit a nine-year-old boy causing him to lose part of his leg has been jailed for three years.
Jerome Cawkwell struck Max Clark as he rode along a footpath in Rosmead Park, Hull, on 25 May.
Hull Crown Court heard Cawkwell, 24, was travelling "at a crazy speed" with a defective front brake and fled the scene after the crash.
He had previously admitted five offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The court heard Max was out with his family working on a school assignment when he was "propelled into the air" while crossing the path.
In the aftermath, the budding dancer and gymnast asked his father if "he still had his leg", the court was told.
His lower limb had to be amputated below the knee after it "became entangled in the machine" and the court was told he was "facing an uncertain future".
Sentencing Cawkwell, of Cambridge Grove, Hull, Judge John Thackray QC told him: "It was entirely a matter of chance that you did not cause death on this occasion.
"That you did not cause death but serious injury involving life-changing injuries to a nine-year-old child has a very significant impact on the sentence."
"Max is undoubtedly an extremely impressive and courageous young boy. Nevertheless he has life-changing injuries, which will affect the rest of his life, and that feature of this case is at the forefront of my mind," the judge said.
Prosecutor Jeremy Evans said Max's father, Patrick Clarke, had explained how his son's life "will be hard".
Defending, Richard Thompson said his client was genuinely remorseful and was "unlikely to be involved in any risk-taking behaviour in the future".
Cawkwell was also handed a five-and-a-half year driving ban.
- Causing serious injury by dangerous driving
- Failing to stop after the incident
- Driving without a licence
- Using a vehicle without insurance
- Using a vehicle not in efficient working order.