Oldham Road death driver found guilty

Danny Pattinson
Image caption Pattinson was speeding in his mother's Mini Cooper S

An 18-year-old man has been found guilty of causing death by careless driving after he struck and killed a teenager in Oldham.

Danny Pattinson, of Trows Lane, Rochdale, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years detention in a Young Offenders' Institution.

Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard that on 13 June he swerved into Christopher Dale, 15, on Lees Road.

A judge at Manchester also banned Pattinson from driving for four years.

After the sentence police said that Pattinson, who had been speeding in his mother's Mini Cooper S, had earlier stopped to offer a lift to two 16-year-old girls.

Officers said that moments before he collided with his victim, Pattinson narrowly avoided hitting another youth on Oldham High Street who had to jump back onto the kerb.

'Lives ruined'

As the car continued onto Lees Road, Pattinson swerved to avoid a group of teenagers crossing the road and hit the schoolboy, who died of his injuries in Royal Oldham Hospital.

Sgt Alan Johnson said: "This tragic case highlights the fatal consequences of driving cars carelessly.

"Christopher, who was a young boy with his whole life ahead of him, was the unfortunate victim of Pattinson's immature and reckless behaviour.

"One life has been lost, but many lives have been ruined by the devastating effects his death has had.

"Pattinson will have to live with what he has done on his conscience for the rest of his life."

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