Martin Li sentenced for crash which claimed the life of teenage girl

11/11/2013

A Hexham car enthusiast, whose passenger was killed when he crashed at high speed, has today been given an eight year prison sentence and banned from driving for ten years.

Martin Li, 22, of Hexham, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment at Newcastle Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving. He also pleaded guilty to making a false statement to obtain motor insurance.
In August of this year, Li had been driving his car at high speeds on a 60mph road in Dilston when he collided with another car. One of his passengers, Lucy Duggan, 18, was killed in the crash with two others seriously injured, as were the driver and passenger of the other vehicle.

Colin Darroch, District Crown Prosecutor at CPS North East, said: 'It is clear from the evidence in this case that Martin Li is a man who reveled in driving at high speeds. This was a man who not only flouted speed limits, but also felt compelled to upload videos of his reckless driving to YouTube.

'It is a great tragedy that Li's overconfidence in his own driving ability led, perhaps inevitably, to a horrific collision with another vehicle at high speed. Li now faces a lengthy prison term and must also come to terms with the fact that his foolish actions have caused the tragic death of an innocent girl.

'I would hope that today's sentence brings some degree of closure for the family of Lucy Duggan at what must be a very difficult time for them.'