A DETECTIVE has hailed “good old fashioned police work” which brought an Ellesmere Port man to justice for killing a mother-of-two in a hit-and-run crash nearly three years ago.
Daniel Taylor, 24, has been jailed for six-and-a-half years after mowing down Laura Entwistle, 44, in Bolton in January 2006.
He was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court last week after pleading guilty to causing her death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hitchen, who led the search, said: “This has been a long and painstaking investigation that came down to good old fashioned police work.
“Due to the time of the collision we had no eye witnesses and all we had to go on was a piece of glass at the scene.
“Taylor probably thought he had got away with this despicable crime but I hope this shows we do not give up and, no matter how long it takes, we are committed to solving crime and making people pay for their actions.
“Laura’s family can hopefully take some comfort from the fact Taylor will remain in prison for a long time.”
Taylor was driving at a speed of up to 60mph along Wigan Road, which is a 30mph zone, in the early hours of January 21, 2006, when he hit Mrs Entwistle before speeding off and leaving her lying in the road.
An appeal to trace the culprit was launched by police but failed to produce any witnesses.
All that was left at the scene was glass from the headlight of a car that forensic scientists were able to say originated from a Rover vehicle manufactured between October 1989 and December 1995.
In February last year a review of the case led to a breakthrough.
It was confirmed about an hour-and-a-half after the crash a Rover was abandoned and set alight on a disused railway line close to the Vauxhall Motors car plant in Ellesmere Port.
Further inquiries and witness statements led police to Taylor who, by this time, was in prison having been sentenced to four years for burglary in February 2006.
He was produced from prison on October 11 last year and arrested.