Driver left teenager to die in hit and run horror crash

A driver has admitted killing Wirral teenager Jack Jones in a hit and run.

Jack, 15, died after being knocked from his bicycle in Upton on April 26 this year.

Emergency services were called to Manor Drive at around 9.45pm after reports of the collision in which the teen from Woodchurch died.

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Following the fatal crash Leo Meek, 22, was charged with failing to stop at the scene of the collision and causing death by dangerous driving.

Meek, of West Way, Moreton, admitted failing to stop at the scene when he appeared at Wirral Magistrates’ Court on April 29.

Today at Liverpool Crown Court he also pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving while behind the wheel of a Volkswagen Tiguan.

Peter Hussey prosecuted the case on behalf of the Crown and Bernice Campbell represented Meek.

Ms Campbell asked for the sentence to be adjourned to allow a pre sentence report to be prepared.

Mr Hussey explained there were “enquiries ongoing regarding the defendant’s insurance cover for the vehicle”.

Judge Anil Murray adjourned the sentence until August 23 and he was remanded into custody until that date.

In a moving tribute Jack’s family said: “Jack was a funny, kind and sensitive boy. He loved being with friends and outdoors, just hanging out, being a typical 15-year-old boy.

“He will be hugely missed by everybody, and he was very much loved by all.

Hundreds of bikers following the funeral procession for Jack Jones.(Pic Andrew Teebay).
Hundreds of bikers following the funeral procession for Jack. (Pic Andrew Teebay)
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

“We all love you very much, Jack, you will always be in our heart and thoughts xx.”

During funeral for Jack, who “loved bikes”, motorbikes and pupils lined the streets to pay their respects.

They watched on as a funeral procession of bikers revved their engines and rode alongside each other in tribute to the teen on May 25.

In emotional scenes, pupils stood in long lines and bowed their heads as the bikes set off.

Some of the bikes headed to the front of the procession to escort the hearse followed by Jack’s family in cars.

Pupils line up outside Woodchurch High School to pay tribute to Jack
Pupils line up outside Woodchurch High School to pay tribute to Jack
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

A touching photo of Jack could be seen placed against the coffin next to flowers that had been arranged to simply say, “son”.

Following his death members of the community took to social media offering prayers and condolences to his family.

One woman said: “His family must be devastated. Sending sincere condolences.”

Another poster wrote: “Thinking of the whole family at this sad time x”

Others called it “truly heartbreaking” and “horrendous” for his family.

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