Sheffield death driver rang 999 and said: ‘I’ve hit a little boy, I don’t know what to do’

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A driver who hit and killed a 14-year-old pupil outside a Sheffield school called 999 and told an operator: “I’ve hit a little boy, I don’t know what to do.”

Sheffield Crown Court was told Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Centre, Manor, Sheffield, dialled emergency services after colliding with Lawrence Moorhouse, a pupil at Sheffield Park Academy.

Lawrence Moorhouse

Lawrence Moorhouse

Jason Pitter, prosecuting, read out a transcript of the 999 call Webster made at 4.17pm on December 10, 2013.

When asked what happened by the operator, Webster said: “I’ve hit him, a little boy has ran out in the road and I’ve knocked him over.

“He’s lying on the floor, he’s about 14.

“He’s lying on the floor, just off Prince of Wales Road, I don’t know what to do.”

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Park Acadamy Sheffield

In a statement read out by Mr Pitter, the jury heard from Matthew Wainwright, curricular leader for physical education.

He had finished for the day and got into his mother’s car who picked him up.

Mr Wainwright said: “We were at the top of the driveway but she stopped and said ‘there is a kid there on the floor’.

“I swore to myself and jumped out of the car and ran over to him.”

Adrian Webster

Adrian Webster

Another driver who said she was a former nurse helped Mr Wainwright try to revive Lawrence.

“I called to Lawrence but I got no response, he was lying face down in the road,” said Mr Wainwright.

“I kept talking to him and calling him but we still got no response.”

He said his pulse started to weaken as time went on and that Webster was ‘in shock’.

Mr Wainwright and the female driver started CPR until the ambulance arrived to take over.

Lawrence was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital but died in the early hours the following morning.

The court also heard a witness statement from Michael Martin, a sixth form student at the school at the time of Lawrence’s death.

He said a younger student in a ‘grey hoody’ went past him ‘jogging’ and seemed like he was ‘in a bit of a rush’.

Michael and a friend were walking up a grass bank near the road and heard a ‘loud thud’ - they later saw Lawrence lying in the road.

He said they were ‘frozen to the spot’.

Webster denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The trial continues.