“Life will never be the same again, he will be in our hearts and dreams forever.”
These are the heartbreaking words from the Sheffield family of a tragic teenager run over outside his school.
Speeding motorist Adrian Webster, aged 43, of Manor Park Crescent, hit and killed 14-year-old Lawrence Moorhouse as the boy walked out of Sheffield Park Academy on December 10, 2013.
Webster was jailed for five and a half years at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday after being convicted by jury at an earlier trial.
Outside court, Lawrence’s dad, Alan Moorhouse, aged 53, said: “He should have got more time, it should be longer. When he gets out of prison he needs to think about what he’s doing and how he’s driving. He needs to keep to the speed limit.”
The family paid tribute to Lawrence through a statement read out in court.
It said: “He was a special, loving boy and had his whole life and dreams ahead of him.
“On the day that he died we dropped him and his sister off at the traffic lights near school and said ‘see you later’.
“It was so hard saying goodbye to him – it broke our hearts. These past few years have been awful but we just have to keep going.”
The court heard how Lawrence’s organs were donated, with the family saying he would have wanted to help other people.
Jason Pitter QC, prosecuting, told the court that Webster maintained throughout his trial that he was travelling at 28-30 mph.
Video footage played in court showed Webster driving at speeds between 40-45 mph before he hit Lawrence on Beaumont Road North.
Mr Pitter said: “Before the impact with Lawrence, the defendant was seen driving in an erratic manner.
“The fact that it was outside a school, the road was narrowed with stationary traffic, and the fast speed all contribute to the dangerous driving Webster showed.”
During the trial, a witness had described Webster as ‘driving like a maniac, like a madman’ just minutes before killing Lawrence.
Francis Edusei, mitigating, said: “The defendant is not a callous individual. He feels great remorse for what has happened .”
Judge Mark Gargan, sentencing, told Webster: “You must have been accelerating hard when you hit Beaumont Road North and it is accepted that if you were driving at the speed limit, Lawrence would have been able to cross.”
Webster was also handed a three-year driving ban and must retake his driving test.