First picture of suspect as boy dies, 10, after being hit by car

Jon Harkins outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A man has appeared in court charged with causing a 10-year-old boy's death by dangerous driving.

Charlie Lowe was hit by a Ford Kuga on Abingdon Road in Walton at around 4.30pm on April 20 last year. Members of the public rushed to help the Florence Melly Community Primary School pupil, but he died in hospital as a result of his injuries the following day.

Jon Harkins, of Scarisbrick Road in Norris Green, has now been charged with causing his death by dangerous driving. The 35-year-old appeared before Liverpool Magistrates' Court this afternoon, Wednesday, in order to face this charge.

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Wearing a black t-shirt in the dock, he spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth during a brief hearing and was not asked to enter any pleas. Harkins was released on unconditional bail ahead of a further hearing before Liverpool Crown Court on August 7.

Jon Harkins outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court
Jon Harkins outside Liverpool Magistrates' Court -Credit:Liverpool Echo

Charlie's mum previously said in a statement following her son's tragic death: "Football mad, Charlie was taken away suddenly and we will always miss him. He was a huge LFC fan and knew everything about the team.

“He was also a keen cross country runner. He was exceptionally happy, very smart and very funny. Charlie loved school and loved life, and he will be sorely missed by everyone."

His dad added: "There isn’t a word to describe how amazing and loved you are and how missed you will be. The most beautiful boy in the world.

"When you arrived I had to split my heart between you and your brother Daniel, sister Rachael and brother Bobby. I never knew for certain what real love was, but I did when my amazing children entered my life.

"I will always cherish the short time I had with you, the hugs and kisses and laughs we had. The days out, you playing football and on FIFA."

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