Bedworth man sentenced for causing the death of his friend by careless driving
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Incident 414 of 3 June 2019
Nineteen year old Harrison Walker of The Grove, Bedworth has today 12 November 2019 at Warwick Crown Court, received a 12 month suspended sentence for two years for causing the death by careless driving of his friend Garret Hurst.
He was also disqualified for 3 years with an extended retest at which point Judge Lockhart commented “So you learn again afresh how to drive appropriately.”
Harrison also received a 10 day rehabilitation requirement, an 8 month curfew between 7pm -7am and he will be monitored on electronic tag, 200 hours unpaid work in the community and he was ordered to pay £1000 costs.
Harrison Walker who was 17 years old at the time, was arrested on 3 June 2018 on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following an incident in the carpark of The Crows Nest Public House at 21.40 hours the same evening.
Officers arrived to find Garret Hurst who had been holding on to the bonnet of Harrison Walker’s Ford Fiesta, had slipped off falling under the vehicle’s wheels.
Garret suffered devastating injuries including a broken spine, fractured skull and severe bleeding in and around his brain. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire where sadly he died 3 days later.
Harrison was brought into custody overnight and following questioning he was released under investigation the following afternoon.
Following a 3 day trial at Warwick Crown Court that concluded on 23 October 2019, he was found guilty of causing death by careless driving.
PC Matt Morrall, who led the investigation said “Harrison Walker was 17 years old and Garret Hurst, the deceased was 19 at the time of this tragic incident and had their whole lives ahead of them. The decision by Harrison to start driving the car with Garret on the bonnet changed their lives forever.
“We would like young people to learn from what happened to Garret. If you ride on the bonnet of a car you risk losing your life. However it was the combination of actions that proved fatal in this case and the onus is on the driver who was stationary at the time Garret got on the bonnet. He didn’t have to drive off.“
Garret’s mother and father, Nicola and Lee said “The difficulty of having somebody reading out my son’s injuries and the actions leading up to his death cannot be described. Garret is just a name to the people at court, but he is my son, to me everything talked about is personal, he was loved by everyone he met and I could get hundreds of character references for him.”
The family also added “Garret had the desire to join the forces, he wanted to be a Police Officer, to move onto the traffic side that’s why he did a 3 year college course in Public Services. Garret didn’t think he could get the degree qualifications to join the police initially so he was looking at joining the army and going into the Military Police and later on joining the Police, he had done a lot of research into this whilst he was doing agency work until he chose his career path, we will never see this come to fruition.
“I will never see Garret get married, raise a family, watch him grow into a man and see what father he would be to his children.
“Garret was an organ donor, something that he chose to be, we have comfort in the fact that Garret has helped other people by him making this decision. We have received letters from the Order of St John about his sacrifice which leave us humble and in admiration for Garret.”
Judge Lockhart commended the family of Garret for their immense bravery during the trial.
Issued: 2.50pm 12 November 2019, HN Corporate Communications
Harrison Walker has been sentenced today 12 November 2019