March) Government rejects “Ryan’s Law” petition on killer hit-and-run drivers | road.cc
Petition called on failing to dial 999 or to render aid to be incorporated within causing death by dangerous driving
Simon MacMichael Mar 26, 2021
The DfT says it has no plans to widen the definition of causing death by dangerous driving to include “failure to stop, call 999 and render aid on scene until further help arrives,” despite a petition calling for such changes under the name of “Ryan’s Law” attracting 45,000 signatures,
The petition is named after Ryan Saltern, who was walking along a road in Cornwall on his way to a party when motorist Wayne Shilling crashed into him then drove off and left him to die.
At trial, Shilling, who had been drinking at a carnival – one witness, according to a BBC report
, said he was “away with the fairies” – claimed he had not been aware he had hit anyone, although the crash punctured his car’s radiator.