A 14-year-old schoolboy has admitted killing a 78-year-old grandmother who was ‘loved by many’ in a hit-and-run.
The teenager pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after knocking down May Margaret Laidlaw as she crossed a road in Liverpool.
Mr Laidlaw died after in being hit by the boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – who was driving a scrambler-type motorbike.
She had been crossing Queens Drive in Walton, Liverpool at around 5pm on Saturday, December 2 when she was struck down.
The teenager fled the scene on bike before later handing himself in to police.
He appeared at Liverpool Crown Court with his uncle today, where he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, using a motor vehicle without insurance and failing to stop after a road accident.
Mike Stephenson, prosecuting, said the incident involved: ‘A prolonged course of dangerous driving aggravated by the absence of lights and the condition of the vehicle.’
The case was adjourned to February 2 in order for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.
Judge Clement Goldstone QC said: ‘The overwhelming likelihood is that, when you return to this court for sentence on February 2, despite your age, despite your background and despite the absence of any previous convictions on your part, the likelihood is you will lose your liberty and be sent away for some time.’
Mrs Laidlaw suffered multiple injuries in the crash and died in hospital. More than 10 members of her family were in court for the hearing.
In a statement released after her death, her family said: ‘On Saturday December 2 2017, our world came crashing down, May was taken from us, not because she was ready to go but simply because she was taken.
‘May was loved by many, she was a kind and caring wife, mum, nan, great nanny, sister, auntie and friend.’
‘She and her husband Tommy enjoyed 58 years of marriage together, recently those years consisted of a trip to Cyprus to see her first grandchild get married and a trip to the Isle of Wight, where she and Tommy loved spending time together.
‘Only recently she spoke about how her life has been filled with good and happy memories, which we will keep in our hearts forever. Our memories, no one can take those away from us.
‘She was independent, healthy and had plans for the future, more weddings, parties, trips, more family time which she loved and most of all more happiness.
‘Now our hearts are broken and may never be truly mended, a huge part of our family taken too soon.
‘But we know May will look over us all through this tough time. You will be missed so very much every single day and we will love you forever. Goodnight, God bless and now rest in perfect peace.’
The 14-year-old was released on conditional bail.