Hit-and-run driver who left 10-year-old boy with severe brain injuries says he did "nothing wrong"
Keegan Doyle was racing down the street as he drove a shoplifter away when he ploughed into Alfie Watts, who was left with severe injuries and is still in hospital
A getaway driver who rammed into a 10-year-old boy and left him with critical brain injuries later told police he had done "nothing wrong except hit the kid on the bike."
On January 6, 23-year-old Keegan Doyle was the getaway driver for a shoplifter when he drove at speeds of up to 60 mph and mowed down young Alfie Watts at a residential street in Saltney, near Chester, Daily Mail reports.
At the time of the accident, Alfie was out playing with his friends. When the vehicle rammed into him, he was thrown into the air and later found with blood coming out of his mouth and a severe gash on his head. Now, two months on from the tragic hit and run, the youngster still remains in hospital undergoing treatment.
Doyle, who did not slow down his vehicle after hitting the child, attended an earlier hearing at Mold Crown Court in a stained sweatshirt and a black eye. After fleeing the scene, he tried to destroy any evidence of the crash by setting the Ford Fiesta on fire.
Alfie's condition was so critical that responding paramedics feared Alfie wouldn't survive an air ambulance flight. Instead, they transported him safely by road to Liverpool's Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
Alfie's mother Zoe said in a victim statement that the crash had turned her life upside down. "I ran to the scene and I saw a flood of emergency lights," she told the court. "I was hoping I would pick him up and take him home for his tea but I quickly realized that would not be happening. I didn't even have time to give him a kiss. We sat at his bedside praying for him to wake up."
While Doyle pleaded guilty in court to dangerous driving and arson, he told officers he had "done nothing wrong except for hitting a kid on a bike" when he was booked into custody. He was subsequently sentenced by Judge Niclas Parry to three years and eight months in prison. Furthermore, Doyle was also banned from driving a vehicle for four years and 10 months, effective after his release from jail.
"It's difficult to imagine a far worse case," Judge Parry said, adding that Doyle was "utterly cowardly and selfish." He continued, "On January 6 the life of a bright, active, happy ten-year-old boy was changed irreversibly. He suffered potentially life-changing injuries."
Alfie's family released a statement after the hearing on Tuesday, saying, "We would like to thank everyone who has wished Alfie well and who have supported him, and us as a family, through an extremely difficult time. We have been overwhelmed with the love and kindness that has been shown. We would also like to thank all those who stopped to assist at the time of the incident - your actions undoubtedly helped save our son's life. Our sincere thanks also go to all the emergency services who responded and to the staff at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool who continue to provide the best care for Alfie."
Sergeant Liam Ho, of the North Wales Roads Policing Unit, said: "When Doyle drove at speed and struck Alfie with his car he will have been in no doubt that the victim would have been left, at best, with extremely serious injuries. At worst he could have been killed. Our thoughts remain with Alfie, who was left with significant injuries because of what Doyle did that day, as he continues to undergo treatment at Alder Hey Hospital. We are pleased that Doyle is now facing justice for his cowardly act and hope that the sentence reinforces our message that we will do everything we can to find people who commit such offenses and bring them before the courts."