Driver's jail term over Gravesend death criticised

The father of a 16-year-old boy killed when he was hit by a car in Gravesend has criticised the three-and-a-half year jail sentence given to the driver.

Koaldeap Singh Lit, 35, of Cliffe Road, Strood, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving after hitting Josh Callaghan in January 2009.

Police said Lit was tired when he began driving home after a morning working in Bath and then lost control of the car.

Josh's father Tim Callaghan described Lit's sentence as an "insult".

He said: "At least I know that he is in prison where he belongs, but as for closure, no, because at the end of the day if he was sentenced to 100 years it is not going to bring Josh back."

Mr Callaghan was walking on the pavement with Josh, of Canon Road, Bromley, south-east London, heading to play a game of pool at a local pub.

Lit's vehicle mounted the pavement and hit the teenager in the Overcliff area of London Road.

Mr Callaghan said: "I realised straight away he was dead.

"There was no movement in his body at all once his head had hit the pavement."

Lit claimed he had swerved to avoid a dog.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday.

Kent Police said they hoped the sentence would discourage drivers from driving while tired.

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