Hit-and-run suspect hands himself in

A 21-year-old man suspected of a hit-and-run that killed a 12-year-old girl in Vilvoorde outside Brussels has handed himself in to police. The suspect had been banned from driving seven times in the past and was subject of a ban last week too.

In fact the suspect never actually got a driving licence.

The girl was mowed down on Wednesday 28 October while she was cycling from school in Vilvoorde to her home in Eppegem. The suspect has handed himself in to Vilvoorde police and will appear before an examining magistrate in the course of the day. The girl died in a hospital in Jette (Brussels) two days later.

The number plate of the suspect's car was recorded on CCTV. The 21-year-old could go down for 8 years: five years for causing the fatal accident, a further two for absconding the scene and a further one for driving while banned. He also risks a 30,000 euro fine.

The suspect had been banned from driving seven times in the past. Also last month when he was involved in a crash he was driving while banned. He has seven convictions for an array of offences including driving without a licence, without an insurance or the necessary vehicle documents.