Driver sentenced to 7 1/2 years for causing death and serious injury to four young boys


On 7 March 2015, Thomas McMeekin, who was 21 years old at the time, gave a lift to four young boys. Driving at recklessly high speeds along Geldard Road in Leeds, the defendant crashed. Two of his young passengers were killed, one was left paraplegic and the other sustained serious head injuries. The defendant himself was severely injured in the incident and is now tetraplegic.

Andrew Penhale, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"This terrible incident resulted in the tragic loss of two young boy's lives, and left two others with life-changing injuries.   The defendant also has suffered severe injuries.

"The responsibility for this devastating incident lies entirely with the driver, who chose to drive dangerously and recklessly  - attempting to reach speeds of 100 mph between traffic lights with four young passengers in his car - with catastrophic consequences for all.

"Despite the fact that McMeekin was himself very seriously injured we came to the decision that the consequences of his actions were so exceptionally grave that it was in the public interest to prosecute him. Our thoughts remain with the families of the four boys. I hope the sentence imposed today will bring them a small measure of comfort."