A man who had been jailed for raping a 12-year-old schoolgirl has died after he was hit by a van.Ryan Draper, 27, from Caerwys, Flintshire, died when he was walking in the early hours of Saturday morning on the B5122 in Caerwys, near to junction 34 of the A55.
He was pronounced dead at the scene after a Vauxhall combo van collided with him and his girlfriend, also local to the area. She was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd by ambulance with serious life changing injuries. She remains at hospital in Stoke in a “critical but stable” condition.
Draper was jailed for five years in 2011 after he pleaded guilty to rape at Mold Crown Court. Judge Niclas Parry told him: “You gratified yourself, you used no protection and showed a total disregard for her.” Draper was also placed on the sex offender register for life and was given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order to stop him approaching the victim.
The 42 year-old male driver of the van was also taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd with what were believed to be minor injuries. He has since been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving, but has been bailed pending further enquiries.