Essex

Kwik-Fit Porsche mechanics admit Ryan Fleming crash death

Ryan Fleming
Image caption Ryan Fleming was crossing a road when he was struck by the Porsche

Two members of Kwik-Fit staff who killed a boy in Essex while driving a customer's Porsche without consent have admitted causing his death.

Ryan Fleming, eight, died in Maldon when Gary Reader from Tiptree, struck him, on the A414, on 15 January 2011.

Reader, 32, admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

He and Timothy Smith, 19, of Little Baddow, admitted causing death by aggravated vehicle taking, when they appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Both men will be sentenced on 20 March and Reader has been warned to expect a custodial term.

'Excessively fast'

Image caption Gary Reader admitted causing death by dangerous driving

Speaking after the hearing, PC Danny Waller said Reader, of Newbridge Road, and Smith, of Spring Elms Lane, were at work and had no permission to drive the Porsche 911.

"Independent witnesses describe the manner of driving prior to the collision as excessively fast and erratic and witnessed the Porsche wheels spinning and almost losing control," said Pc Waller.

"During police interviews, Timothy Smith gave a prepared statement which indicated that the manner of Gary Reader's driving made him feel nervous and had asked his colleague to slow down more than once.

"As a result of a tenacious investigation by my colleagues, supported by Kwik-Fit, both men were charged with causing Ryan's death.

"We would like to thank Ryan's family for their support throughout this investigation and our thoughts remain with them and their friends."

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