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Hit and run driver who said car was stolen faces jail

No charges over the death of teenage cyclist he hit however

A motorist who lied to police about his car being stolen when he hit and killed a teenage cyclists has admitted perverting the course of justice and faces jail.

He will not face any other charges relating to the cyclist's death, however.

Robert Lawrence, from Teynham, was driving his Fiat Bravo car when he hit Kyle Coen, 14. We reported Kyle's death back in July last year. The car was subsequently recovered by police, at 9.15pm on the evening of 30 July.

Lawrence failed to stop after the accident and then telephoned police to claim his car had been stolen.

According to Kent Online, Lawrence will not be tried for killing the cyclist. Judge Charles Macdonald QC asked: "Will there be any proceedings as a result of the collision?"

Gary Pons, prosecuting, replied: "No, it was investigated for approximately six months and the decision was that no proceedings be brought for that."

Requesting pre-sentence reports, Tamsin Ryder, defending, said Lawrence had been warned that a prison sentence was a real possibility.

"He has entered a very timely guilty plea," she said. "It is obviously a serious charge."

The judge said: ""It does look like shortish custody at the moment."

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on

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