A MAN and a woman have been charged following a fatal hit-and-run which led to the death of a teenager.

Jackson Pickering, 18, was crossing Springfield Road in Burnley, at around 11.45pm on June 16, when he was hit by a black Volkswagen Golf near the junction with Hollingreave Road.

Mr Jackson, of Burnley, was left with serious head injuries and was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital.

He never recovered from his injuries and died four days later.

Following a lengthy investigation, and after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, two people have been charged.

Victoria Barker, 37, of Dill Hall Lane, Church, thought to be the driver of the Golf is charged with causing Mr Pickering's death by dangerous driving.

George Barnes, 26, of Green Lane, Padiham is charged with two counts of dangerous driving in relation to a separate vehicle, making off without payment and assisting an offender.

The making off offence is thought to relate to an unpaid curry bill.

Both Barnes and Barker have been released on police bail to appear at Burnley Magistrates Court on May 7.

Meanwhile following Mr Pickering's death his family released a statement praising the avid football fan who had a heart of gold.

The statement read: "Within a family tribute, a spokesman said: "Jackson was a much loved son, grandson, uncle and brother to his five siblings.

"An avid football and Liverpool fan, Jackson lived for football and he played for a number of local Saturday and Sunday league teams, even scoring a penalty at Turf Moor in a schools competition.

"He had a large circle of friends and an even larger heart, always being the first to offer help to anyone that needed it.

"He had a heart of gold and will be sorely missed by all who knew him."

Anyone with information regarding the incident should contact police on 101, quoting log number 1758 of June 16.