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Hit-and-run incidents are far too common

01 June, 2018

• THE suicide of Reece Platt-May after his two young sons were killed in a “hit-and-run” road crash in Coventry is a tragedy that distresses all of us.

Their killer was a dangerous driver high on cocaine and released from prison only days before. Driving at speed, he had ploughed into the family as they crossed the road. He has since been jailed for nine years, which means he is likely to be out in half that time.

This scenario is now all too common and has become a major part of modern life, yet rarely arouses much commentary from the Christian churches who seem either unwilling or unable to respond to the horrific nature of such acts.

In 2016, the latest year for which figures are available, more than 4,000 pedestrians in Britain became casualties of “hit-and-run”, 41 of whom died. More than 1,000 of them were in London, seven of whom were killed.

Within the city of Westminster, London’s most dangerous borough for road collisions, 96 pedestrians became casualties, although none is reported as having died.

ANTONY PORTER
W9

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