A MAN has been jailed for causing the death of a 59-year-old woman in Hindley and intending to pervert the course of justice.

On Friday, November 5, 2021, Jack Knowles, 34, of Ladies Lane in Hindley, caused the death of Katherine West, 59 after hitting her with his car while she crossed Ladies Lane, close to the junction with Haworth Street.

During Knowles' sentencing at Bolton Crown Court on Friday, December 15, 2023, it was reported that Knowles briefly stopped after hitting Katherine, but quickly left the scene without checking on her.

In the days following the collision, Knowles arranged to have his vehicle repaired, with the intention of hiding any evidence that he had been involved.

He is also reported to have returned to the scene of the collision, but pretending to be a bystander rather than identifying himself as the driver.

Katherine was rushed to hospital following the collision, but her condition continued to deteriorate and she sadly died in hospital on December 16, 2021.

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Leigh Journal: The collision took place on Ladies Lane close to the junction with Howarth StreetThe collision took place on Ladies Lane close to the junction with Howarth Street (Image: Google Maps)

After Knowles was arrested and charged the following year, he pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and committing an act with intent to pervert the course of public justice.

Following last week's court case, the 34-year-old has been sentenced to 1 year 8 months imprisonment and a driving disqualification for 70 months.

In a victim statement, Katherine’s family said: "It has taken over 2 years, but finally our family have received justice for Kath, a wonderful wife, mother, nana and friend, who was killed after being hit by a car on the 5th of November 2021.

“The driver failed to stop and went to great lengths to cover up what he had done. We as a family will never forgive him for his actions then and the actions since.

Leigh Journal: Katherine was a much loved nan, mum, wife and friend Katherine was a much loved nan, mum, wife and friend (Image: GMP)
“Kath was a wonderful caring, compassionate and lovable human being, she always looked for the good in everyone. She loved to see people happy and enjoying themselves, she was loved and respected by everyone she touched, and we miss her dearly.

“We are so proud of our amazing family who have dealt with their emotions and feelings with dignity and respect throughout this case and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those many people involved throughout this ordeal.

“We would also like to thank friends and neighbours for their constant support, throughout this traumatic time which in fact is not yet and never will be over for us but at least now we get to grieve."

Leigh Journal: Knowles was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on December 15Knowles was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on December 15 (Image: Newsquest)

PC Philip Drummond, from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, added: "Being bonfire night, it was busy with traffic and pedestrians, enjoying the festivities locally.

"Katherine was crossing Ladies Lane when she was struck by Knowles' car, throwing her into the air. He hadn’t been paying attention to the road ahead.

"After the crash, despite knowing he had hit a pedestrian and with no consideration for their condition, Knowles chose to drive away – yet returned on foot, posing as a bystander rather than identifying himself as the driver.

"While others went to Katherine’s aid, he did nothing to help her - his only thought was to destroy evidence connecting him to the offences, by arranging for his vehicle to be repaired – he then went on holiday.

"Knowles' driving that day was careless. However, his actions after were deplorable. 

"Rather than admitting his involvement, he put his victim’s family through two years of unnecessary anguish. He has finally been brought to justice and while it will never make up for their loss, I hope that it brings Katherine’s family some level of closure.

"I hope this serves as a reminder to those who continue to endanger the public - we will continue to bring you to justice."