Unlicensed driver who killed boy, 13, days after buying £250 Jaguar jailed

An unlicensed driver who killed a 13-year-old boy after speeding and losing control on a blind bend has been jailed for four years.

Liam Wilson, 21, who only had a provisional licence, was doing 58mph on a 20mph road when he lost control of the £250 Jaguar car he had bought just three days earlier.

He hit Jack Worwood, who was on his phone to his grandmother and was walking to meet friends to play football around 4.30pm on July 7, Bolton Crown Court heard.

Andrew and Catherine Worwood, parents of their “amazing, clever and funny” son, later went looking for him to find paramedics battling to save his life on the street in Old Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan.

A day later he died in their arms in hospital after they were told the catastrophic head and chest injuries he suffered were not survivable and his life support machine was being switched off.



Wilson, in trouble with police since the age of 10 with 14 previous convictions, ran off but was arrested the next day.

He admitted at an earlier hearing causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for four years.

Passing sentence Judge Graeme Smith said: “The main cause of this collision was your greatly excessive speed.

“You should never have been driving in the first place.”

Outside court relatives of the deceased clashed with those of the defendant, one woman shouting: “Four years is nothing!

“You have never shown any remorse, I hope you all rot in f****** hell!”

Earlier, victim impact statements were read in court from Jack’s parents, saying their son, who had a brother and sister, was exceptional at maths and had his heart set on going to university to become an accountant.

Mr Worwood’s statement said he attended the crash scene trying to find his son.

“I then realised it was my Jack they were desperately trying to save.

“My amazing, funny, clever boy.

“I was told to expect the worst.

“I felt numb, empty, physically sick.”

A day later hospital consultants told the family Jack’s life could not be saved.

The statement added: “I can never forgive you for this.

“We sat there with him until the end, the machine turned off and watched him finally slip away from us.

“You killed my son and I will never forgive you.

“You will have your life, my son will never have his.”

Jack’s mother, Catherine Worwood’s statement said: “I don’t think I will ever heal from this.

“He killed my son and left him for dead.”

Rob Hall, prosecuting, told the court Wilson, who was under investigation for a street brawl at the time of the crash, had bought the car, an old style Jaguar X type vehicle, three days before for £250, but it had no MoT and no insurance.

Wilson, of Livingstone Street, Ashton-in-Makerfield, was on his way back from a trip to KFC doing 58mph on a blind bend when he lost control and instead of braking tried to steer as the car “fishtailed” before the vehicle ploughed into other parked cars and hit Jack walking on the pavement.

Neil Ronan, mitigating, said Wilson, who has learning difficulties, had an “appalling” upbringing, with a heroin addict mother, who died last week, and no one to curtail his wayward behaviour.

“He is riven with guilt and remorse,” he added.

Wilson was also banned from driving for four years after his release from custody.

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