Hit and run driver jailed after killing student

Date published: 21 February 2019

One man from Gorton has been jailed after admitting causing the death of a Tameside student while travelling twice the speed limit last month.

31-year old Michael Robinson, of Toft Road, was travelling up to 55 MPH in a quiet residential area when he struck Taylor Schofield before leaving him lying in the road.  

Appearing at Manchester Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday 20th February) Robinson was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.

Around 6.10pm on Saturday 12th January, Taylor – while riding his bicycle – attempted to cross the road of Albert Street in Beswick. He was subsequently hit by Robinson – driving a grey VW golf.

Following the collision Robinson briefly stopped, before getting back in his car and fleeing the scene. His VW golf was later found abandoned nearby.

Despite the best efforts by paramedics Taylor sadly died as a result of his injuries in hospital.

His family have paid tribute to him, his mum said: “My son Taylor will be so sadly missed by us all - Mum, Matthew, Sophie, Dean, John, friends and family. We will never forget you- you are always in our hearts.”  

Taylor Schofield
Taylor Schofield family and friends say he will always be in their hearts

Paying tribute to Taylor, his dad said: “Taylor- you are my world.  We were going on holiday this year and that was tragically taken away from us. You loved your football and those are memories I will hold dearly. My boy- my life will never be the same without you. All I feel is pure devastation and I will feel that every day. Love Dad.”

Later the same day, Robinson attended a police station and he was immediately arrested by officers.  

Police Constable Karl Horner, of Greater Manchester Police’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “When Robinson got behind the wheel he chose to blatantly disregard the law and the lives of others. For that he deserves time behind bars and I hope this sentence gives him time to reflect on the pain and unimaginable misery he has caused.

“On that tragic day in January, Taylor’s family were handed a life sentence and sadly nothing can bring him back but I hope today has provided them with some comfort, knowing that Robinson is locked away behind bars.

“I also hope that people remember Taylor’s story and that it serves as a stark reminder of the heart-breaking consequences of dangerous driving.”

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