Man sentenced over death of Nathan Smith, 7, in Boosbeck

Nathan Smith Image copyright Cleveland Police
Image caption Nathan Smith's family said he was "full of life"

A man has been handed a suspended prison sentence following the death of a seven-year-old boy.

Nathan Smith, from Lingdale, was hit by a van on Boosbeck High Street, near Redcar, Teesside, in November 2013. He later died in hospital.

Steven Jackman, 23, of Carlin How, earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving while uninsured.

He was given an 18-week sentence, suspended for two years, at Teesside Crown Court.

PC Paul Hardwick, of Cleveland Police, said: "A lapse in concentration in attention and exceeding the speed restriction even by a small amount can, as in this case, result in permanently changing the lives of many people and of course the death of a young child.

"A speed limit is just that - a limit - not a target and is only appropriate if it is safe to do so. It is vital that motorists pay attention and obey the rules of the road."

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