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Driver jailed over death of Josh Callaghan in Gravesend

Koaldeap Singh Lit
Image caption Koaldeap Singh Lit was driving home from a morning's work in Bath

A construction worker who lost control of his car and caused the death of a teenage boy in Gravesend has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Koaldeap Singh Lit, 35, from Cliffe Road in Strood, mounted the pavement and struck 16-year-old Josh Callaghan on 24 January last year.

Josh, of Canon Road, Bromley, south-east London, was taken to hospital but died a few hours later.

A jury at Maidstone Crown Court delivered a unanimous verdict.

Lit was also banned from driving for five years.

The court heard Lit was driving home from a morning's work in Bath when he lost control of his vehicle in the Overcliff area of London Road.

'Highly emotional'

Josh was walking on the pavement with his father, Tim, on their way to play a game of pool at a local pub.

In a statement released by Kent Police, Mr Callaghan said: "I remember the roar of a car, like it was revving and saw it out of the corner of my eye travelling towards Gravesend.

"A split second later it headed straight towards me and I felt the wind of the car as it went past me."

Kent Police said Lit had claimed he had lost control of the vehicle after swerving to avoid a dog in the road.

Image caption Josh was a popular pupil at Ravens Wood School in Bromley, south-east London

Pc Andy Gallon said he hoped the sentence would discourage drivers from driving when tired.

He said: "This has been a lengthy and complicated investigation and a traumatic time for Josh's family and friends.

"His father Tim Callaghan has, along with the rest of the family, conducted themselves with dignity throughout a very difficult and highly emotional 18 months.

"I would urge other drivers reading this to think long and hard before getting behind the wheel when they are tired."

Josh went to Ravens Wood School in Bromley, where he was described by friends as "gifted and popular".

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