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Hirwaun man jailed for death by dangerous driving

Harley Whiteman

A man from Hirwaun has been jailed after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

The collision happened on Thursday, February 29, on Brecon Road in Hirwaun, when a Ford Fiesta driven by Harley Whiteman collided with a pedestrian. As a result of the collision a 13-year-old local boy died.

Nineteen-year-old Harley Whiteman, from Cae Felin Parc, Hirwaun, was sentenced to six years and nine months’ detention in a youth offender institute for death by dangerous driving after pleading guilty at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Tuesday, April 30.

Harley Whiteman CCTV clip

The family of 13-year-old Kaylan Hippsley from Hirwaun, who died following the road traffic collision on Brecon Road, has paid the following tribute to him:

Kaylan was such a cheeky chappie. He always had a twinkle in his eye and could get away with anything with his smile and quick wit.

“He was so handsome just like his Dad.

“Kaylan was a talented rugby and football player. He loved on-line gaming.

“He was a bright, intelligent boy and a much-loved pupil in Aberdare Community School.

“He loved spending time with his family and had a great group of friends.

“We are devastated to lose Kaylan at such a young age, only 13 with his whole life ahead of him.

“We as a family want to thank everyone who helped at the scene from paramedics, members of public, Kaylan’s friends to the emergency services and police who did everything they could to save Kaylan. From the bottom of our hearts, we are grateful.

“Our thanks also go out to the local community of Hirwaun who have supported us from afar sending their prayers and support. We are very grateful.

“We want to especially thank the nurses and doctors at the Paediatric Critical Care at the Heath Hospital for caring for Kaylan and supporting our family at such an awful time. They were so caring and respectful we will be forever grateful for their support.

“Kaylan, your life was a blessing your memory a treasure.

You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.

“Until we meet again.”