Somerset

Bruton hit-and-run death accused changes plea to guilty

David Hick
Image caption David Hick was walking his dog to the local shop when he was killed, the court heard

A man who previously denied killing an 84-year-old in a hit and run crash in Somerset has changed his plea.

Robert Finlay, 48, has admitted causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol, a trial at Taunton Crown Court has been told.

The victim, David Hick, was found with fatal head injuries on Cole Road in Bruton on 14 October 2014.

Finlay pleaded guilty to the charge as well as admitting perverting the course of justice.

Two others - Felicity Wheeler, 31, of Rickhayes in Wincanton and Joseph Breen, 38, of Crowmarsh Gardens, south-east London - have denied a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Mr Hick, a retired engineer, was walking his dogs to the local shop when he was hit by a car being driven by Finlay, the jury heard.

The court was told Finlay, also of Rickhayes in Wincanton, had drunk seven pints of beer with Breen that afternoon prior to the crash.

Within days Finlay and his partner Ms Wheeler had bought another car and the Chrysler Voyager involved in the crash was not seen again on their drive by neighbours.

The trial continues.

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