A former soldier who killed a devoted South Tyneside dad in a hit-and-run horror smash has been jailed for six years.
Gavin Bolam died after he was struck by a Mercedes that mounted the pavement at Victoria Road West, Hebburn, in the early hours of April 9.
The 57-year-old, who lived in the town, had been walking home from a night out with his best friend when he was hit.
Motorist admits killing Hebburn dad Gavin Bolam in hit-and-run
Today at Newcastle Crown Court Allan Hale, 39, of Appleby Gardens, Beacon Lough, Gateshead, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, two charges of failing to stop after a road accident and failing to provide a specimen.
Judge Penny Moreland also banned him from the roads for six years.