A YOUNG footballer from Feltham who died in a hit and run incident has been described as a "giant amongst men", after his killer was jailed for life.
Simon Large, 24, who played for Feltham Casuals died in hospital a week after being mowed down in Ascot last October.
On Thursday (2) at Reading Crown Court, Ricky-Clarke Dilly was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 15 years.
The 22-year-old, of Grampian Way, Slough, Berkshire, had admitted a charge of manslaughter but was found guilty of murder by a jury at the same court on Wednesday.
Following the sentencing, the victim's parents, Colin and Sue Large, said: “He was a giant amongst men, our brightest star. He had many great qualities as a young man that many would love to have had. Despite being dyslexic, he had a good career ahead of him in the lift industry, a lovely girlfriend, many friends and was the life and soul of many social gatherings.
"He had the biggest heart, a cheeky smile and was a loving, caring, gentle person, who was simply great to be around. He was in the prime of his life and had a bright future ahead of him. What happened to him last year cut short all his dreams and has shocked and devastated us and all who knew him."
His girlfriend, Sian Riley, added: "We had a very happy relationship together and Simon was a loving, caring person who would always be there for me and his family.
"Simon and I had planned a holiday to Mexico, our last big holiday because we wanted to start saving for our future together and get our first house. After the collision, I visited Simon every day just to be by his side while he was in hospital. Seeing him lying there broke my heart, I felt so helpless.
"Simon's death has devastated my life and it will never be the same again. Before this happened, I was the happiest person alive. Simon and I loved each other very much. Now I live a life full of pain and hurt."
Mr Large, a keen footballer and former Sunbury Manor pupil, was killed after a nightclub row between two groups of men over a torn shirt.
Clarke-Dilly drove his car at over twice the speed limit towards the victim and his friends as they crossed Ascot High Street during the early hours of October 14 last year.
The force of the impact caused Mr Large's body to smash the windscreen before he was thrown to the ground. He died from his injuries at St George's Hospital in Tooting on October 21.
Sentencing Clarke-Dilly, Judge Zoe Smith described his actions as "indiscriminate violence" and told him thereafter that he "lacked remorse or a conscience".
"I accept that you came across the group unexpectedly and you were not looking for them," the judge added. "Your intention was to cause really serious harm rather than to kill but due to the impact speed it was almost inevitable it would be fatal."