A Hartlepool motorist has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, drink-driving and attempting to pervert course of justice after telling police his van had been stolen when it was involved in a fatal hit and run with a cyclist.
The Hartlepool Mail reports that at around 6.45am on July 31, Michael Waistell was riding along Mowbray Road in Hartlepool when he was hit by William Stallard.
Stallard failed to stop and later that day reported to police that his Ford Transit had been stolen.
A passer-by attempted CPR on Waistell, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Stallard admitted doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice through reporting the van stolen.
He also pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and drink driving after recording 51 micrograms of alcohol on his breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
He will be sentenced on October 5.
Judge Deborah Sherwin explained: “I can’t proceed to sentence you today. That’s because the family of the deceased, Mr Waistell, need to have the opportunity to be able to make statements setting out what the impact of all this has been on them and they need to have an opportunity of attending court, either in person or over the videolink.”
Sherwin imposed an interim driving ban.