A 44-year-old mechanic who fatally injured an English student in a hit and run accident has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment and disqualified from driving for life.

Eric Doyle of Whitechurch Avenue, Ballyboden in Dublin, first told gardaí someone else was driving his car.

He later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of 20-year-old Lily Hastings-Bass on Rathgar Road in Dublin on 26 November 2006.

At the time of the accident the father-of-two was disqualified from driving for four years and has 39 previous convictions, largely for road traffic offences.

Ms Hastings-Bass had been living in Ireland for eight weeks studying English at Trinity College when she was struck by the car.

She spent 11 days on life support with serious trauma and head injuries and died on 7 December 2006.

At the Circuit Criminal Court today, Judge Katherine Delahunt said this was a tragic case where a young girl died as a result of Doyle's driving, when he should not have been on the road.

She said he showed complete disregard for the law and praised the 'excellent police work' in tracking down Doyle and bringing him to justice.

Doyle was sentenced to a further 18 months on a number of other counts, including driving without insurance and failing to stop.