Violet Youens hit-and-run death: Driver jailed

A man has been jailed for the hit-and-run death of a four-year-old girl who was struck by his speeding car when it mounted a pavement in Merseyside.

Violet-Grace Youens died after Aidan McAteer’s car struck her on Prescot Road, St Helens, on 24 March.

McAteer fled to Amsterdam but later pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at a hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

He was given a jail sentence of nine years and four months.

Violet-Grace’s grandmother Angela French was seriously injured in the crash. She remains in hospital.

Dean Brennan, 27, a passenger in the car, had pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and assisting an offender.

He was jailed for six years and eight months.

Following the crash, McAteer’s mother Alicia made a public appeal to her son to return home.

The next day he was arrested at Manchester Airport and questioned by detectives. Brennan, meanwhile, admitted obtaining McAteer’s passport and giving it to him.

After her death, Violet-Grace’s family said the donation of her organs had saved two other lives.

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