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Young driver jailed for joyride which killed 16-year-old girl
1:45pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who killed a 16-year-old girl in a road crash after a booze-fuelled joyride has been jailed for eight years.
Payton Sparks died after 19-year-old Lewis Young lost control of the Vauxhall Tigra they were in on May 23 this year.
Payton was sat in the front passenger seat of car which Young was driving, and a 14-year-old boy sitting in the rear passenger seat of the car was also seriously injured.
At the time of the collision the vehicle had been taken without consent.
Young was a disqualified driver and had no insurance. It is believed he had taken the vehicle at around 10pm that evening and then collected his passengers from Bedhampton Way in Havant about 10.20pm. He was then seen to be driving at excessive speed around the Havant area.
Around 10.30pm, the car was captured on CCTV at the Whitchers Gate Service Station, whereupon Young failed to pay for £15 of petrol and drove away at speed.
A few minutes later the vehicle was seen overtaking on double white lines on an 'S' bend on Petersfield Road and then, shortly after, lost control and crashed off the road into a telegraph pole, tree and finally hitting a building.
The impact caused a massive intrusion into the vehicle, particularly on the passenger side. Payton suffered fatal injuries. The 14-year-old rear seat passenger also sustained serious injuries. He has now made a full recovery.
Young himself was seriously injured in the collision and was in hospital for more than three weeks.
On June 17, 2013, upon release from hospital, Young was arrested and remanded in custody. He was subsequently charged with six offences, and pleaded guilty to all of them in September. Today, he was sentenced by Judge Hetherington at Portsmouth Crown Court.
The charges and the sentence received for each offence is as below:
• Causing death by dangerous driving - eight years imprisonment, disqualified from driving for a further eight years, with an extended retest at the end of that period;
• Causing serious injury to another by driving dangerously on a road – eight years imprisonment to run concurrently;
• Aggravated vehicle taking - eight years imprisonment to run concurrently;
• No insurance - no separate penalty;
• Disqualified driving - six months imprisonment to run concurrently;
• Making off with out payment – 12 months imprisonment to run concurrently.
During the investigation, enquiries revealed that Young was above the legal limit for alcohol. His blood levels showed a reading of not less than 97 milligrams of alcohol, where the legal limit is 80 milligrams.
Sergeant Rob Heard, the senior investigating officer for the case from the Hampshire Road Death Investigation Team, said: “After taking the vehicle without consent, Lewis Young set out on a path of action which was bound to end in disaster and, devastatingly, it did.
“Young showed a complete disregard for the law, his passengers and others on the road, and it caused the untimely death of a 16-year-old girl and serious injury to a 14-year-old boy. Payton had her whole life ahead of her and Lewis Young has robbed this from her and her family.
"There is never any excuse for driving like this or in this condition. Young has a total disregard for others, and no sentence could ever undo the damage he has caused to so many lives. Our thoughts are with Payton's family and friends.”
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