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Safvan Patel, 27 was jailed for two years and nine months at Bolton Crown Court today after pleading guilty to two charges.

 

A driver has been jailed for causing a crash which killed a man in Bolton town centre.

Safvan Patel, 27, of no fixed abode, was jailed for two years and nine months at Bolton Crown Court today after pleading guilty to causing death while driving a vehicle without insurance and causing death by careless driving.

He has also been banned from driving for five years.

The crash happened in Bolton town centre on Saturday June 5 2011.

Jack Hindley, 61, who used a crutch to help him walk, had been out drinking with friends.

He was making his way to another pub, after drinking at the Albion, when the collision took place at about 11.45pm.

Mr Hindley and his friends were crossing Moor Lane when a silver Vauxhall Vectra being driven by Patel hit him.

The crash threw Mr Hindley several feet into the air.

Patel initially drove off, but returned shortly after, parking the car nearby.

He then walked back and stood watching as members of the public attempted first aid.

Patel then got back into his car and drove away from the scene a second time.

Paramedics then arrived, but Mr Hindley was pronounced dead at the scene.

He had suffered multiple injuries.

About 30 minutes later Patel returned to the outer cordon, and was spoken to by an officer, who had seen that the front of the car was extensively damaged.

He admitted to being the driver and was arrested.

Police Sergeant Mark Thomas said: “First and foremost, my thoughts go out to the friends and family of Jack Hindley.

“Patel has been sent to jail today, but he will have to live with the knowledge that he is responsible for a man’s death for the rest of his life.”

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