WATCH: Shocking footage shows driver fleeing police at 80mph through Derbyshire villages moments before killing pedestrian

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This shocking footage captures the moments a reckless driver speeds through two Derbyshire villages at 80mph, moments before knocking down and killing a pedestrian.

The video shows Matthew Hogg, 24, who had never taken a driving test, hitting high speeds as he weaves in and out of traffic on quiet country lanes. 


During the police chase he can be seen scraping against the side of a lorry and narrowly missing oncoming cars. 


At one stage Hogg was clocked driving his Vauxhall Astra at 80mph on a 40mph section of road linking two Derbyshire villages. 


A police officer can be heard saying he is “aborting the chase as it is too dangerous” as his dashcam captures Hogg going the wrong way around a roundabout. 


After police stop pursuing him, Hogg drove into Hilton, Derbys., at 60mph before colliding with a car which had stopped at a zebra crossing. 


His car was “catapulted onto two wheels” as he collided with Barrie Arkesden, 75, who was walking on the pavement. 


A court heard the dad-of-four was sent hurtling into the air and died instantly after the collision at 5pm on April 11. 


Hogg, of Etwall, pulled himself free of the wreckage and fled on foot before police found him and hour and 15 minutes later hiding in a hedge. 


He admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Derby Crown Court on Friday and is due to be sentenced today (Monday). 


Judge Robert Egbuna said: “I accept that no-one sets out wanting to kill someone but this is a case where the family, who have seen this DVD (the police CCTV) can see there was a real risk from this aggressive driving. 


“I make it clear that because he has pleaded guilty the court must and should reflect that by giving a third discount from the starting point.” 


The court heard Hogg, who has never sat a driving test or held a licence, led police on a 3.7mile chase before they had to abandon the pursuit because it was too dangerous. 


Prosecutor Clive Stockwell said officers tried to pull him over but he sped off - hitting speeds of 80mph on a 40mph section of the A5132 Egginton Road. 


In the dramatic dashcam footage of the chase, Hogg can be seen squeezing through gaps as he overtakes cars and brushes against a lorry and a bus. 


Mr Stockwell said: “He arrives in Hilton at speeds that are assessed as doing 60mph in a 30mph limit. 


“A car is stopped at a zebra crossing in Main Street and Mr Arkesden, who is 75, is walking on the opposite pavement towards the oncoming car. 


“The defendant drives into the rear of that car and the impact causes him to go on to two wheels catapulting his vehicle into the path of Mr Arkesden projecting him into the air. 


“A number of people attend but it become apparent nothing could be done for him.” 


“This defendant is 24 and he has never taken a driving test. 


“At the time of this offence he did not hold a valid licence and had bought the Vauxhall Astra he was spotted driving for £300.” 


CCTV footage from a police helicopter shows Hogg hiding in a nearby hedge before officers arrived to arrest him. 


The court heard granddad-of-five Mr Arkesden, who lived in Hilton, was due to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding this July. 


In a victim impact statement read out in court, his daughter Lisa Arkesden said: “Barry was a proud and caring father and grandfather. 


“He had four children and five grandchildren and played an integral part in the community of Hilton and Church Broughton. 


“Our whole lives have been turned upside down since this incident. 


“Barrie was taken from us in the most violent way. To us he has not died, he was killed. 


“He was taken from us by someone who should not have been behind the wheel of a car. 


“He did not even stop to try and help, he ran off from the police. 


“Barrie was due to walk his daughter down the aisle at her wedding in July. 


“He had bought some exercise equipment to make sure he looked his best when he did that.” 


Stuart Newsome, defending, said: “In a very real sense this defendant’s most explicit instruction to me was that I should say from him, to the court and the family of Mr Arkesden, how sorry he is for the anguish and the grief he has caused by his stupidity. 


“In his first interview with the police he said ‘I am sorry for what I have done and I deserve what I get’.”