A man has admitted killing a devoted dad in a hit-and-run smash.
Gavin Bolam died after he was struck by a Mercedes motor that mounted the pavement at Victoria Road West in Hebburn in the early hours of April 9 this year.
The 57-year-old, from Hebburn, had been walking home from a night out with his best friend when he was hit.
At Newcastle Crown Court today, Allan Hale, 39, of Appleby Gardens, Beacon Lough, Gateshead pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, two charges of failing to stop after a road accident and failing to provide a specimen.
He will be sentenced today.