The devastated son of a man killed by a hit-and-run driver has told of his desperate attempts to save his father as he lay 'dying on the ground'.
John Richardson was crossing the road outside his son's home in Rishton Lane, Bolton, when he was hit by a speeding Vauxhall Vectra on the evening of September 28.
The car was being driven by Daniel Salvin, and was one of two vehicles racing along the narrow residential street at speeds of more than 50mph.
Mr Richardson's son, John Stephens, heard the impact of the crash from inside his brother Anthony's home and rushed outside to discover his father lying in the road.
As Salvin fled the scene, Mr Richardson's son, John Stephens, tried to save his dad and held his hand as they waited for an ambulance to arrive.
The 59-year-old was taken to hospital, where he died from his injuries a week later.
Reliving the events of that evening in a heartbreaking victim impact statement read out in court, Mr Stephens said: "After hearing this noise I ran outside to see what had happened and could see a red VW Golf on the opposite side of the road and could see people looking down the street.
"When I turned to look I then noticed my dad was on the ground and realised he had been hit by a car.
"I ran over to help him and tried to save him until the paramedics arrived.
"Nobody should ever have to see their dad dying on the ground. I held his hand whilst he was on the ground and he effectively died at the scene."
Bolton Crown Court heard that Salvin, 22, had spent the hours leading up to the crash driving around Bolton with friends.
After leaving a Westhoughton pub at about 9pm, they headed in the direction of Bolton town centre.
As Salvin's Vectra travelled down Hawthorne Road, it collided with another car, causing 'minor damage' to both vehicles.
However, an incensed Salvin then directed a volley of abuse in the direction of the driver, Nimrah Riaz, before following her home.
There, a passenger from Salvin's vehicle got out and continued shouting at her.
Moments later, a member of the group then attacked another car with a baseball bat after it tried to pass the Vectra on the narrow street.
Shortly after, Salvin was then seen racing a red Volkswagen Golf along streets in the Deane and Great Lever areas of the town.
The driver of the other vehicle has not been found. However, mitigating, Michael McKeown, said the occupants were not known to Salvin.
CCTV footage played in court showed the two vehicles speeding across a mini roundabout and pedestrian crossing just moments before the fatal crash.
As the cars raced down Rishton Lane shortly after 10pm, Mr Richardson stepped out into the road.
Spotting the oncoming cars, he tried to jog to the other side but, as he approached the opposite pavement, he was struck down.
An eyewitness, who witnessed the incident, told the court it was 'immediately clear that the impact was severe'.
Revealing the impact his father's death has had on the family, Mr Stephens said he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and required counselling.
He added: "I am struggling to sleep at the moment and as the collision happened directly outside where I live, I can't get away from what happened.
"It's a constant reminder and we spend all our time in the back of the house.
"At the minute I don't let my children out the house and I won't let them cross the road without me. I am frightened something will happen to them if I'm not there.
"Every bang and loud noise brings back memories of the night and at the moment I am struggling to get through the day."
Meanwhile, other family members were said to be suffering from flashbacks to the incident's aftermath and were afraid to leave their homes.
Mr Stephens went on: "John was grandad to nine children and all of them loved him and looked up to him.
"They all know about what happened and this was one of the hardest things we've had to do. To explain that their grandad is not coming back.
"This collision shouldn't have happened because the driver shouldn't have even been on the road.
"I can't forgive him for what he has done and if he'd had stopped it would have been different. This collision and the driver has taken away a huge part of me and my family's lives."
Following the crash, Salvin ignored friends' pleas to stop and his vehicle was found engulfed in flames just hundreds of yards away, in Heywood Park View, soon after.
After being examined by police, the car was linked to the crash and Salvin was arrested in Northern Ireland on October 6.
Salvin, of Eustace Street, Bolton, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.
The court heard he had only purchased the vehicle three weeks earlier, and that he did not possess a driving licence or insurance.
Mr McKeown said his client had been 'in complete shock' after the crash, and that he 'did not know what to do'.
He added that after fleeing the scene, Salvin returned soon after but left when he saw ambulances and people standing around.
He said that he now experiences flashbacks on a daily basis and 'wishes he could turn the clocks back'.
Judge Martin Walsh sentenced Salvin to seven years and four months in prison. He was also disqualified from driving for 10 years and six months.