Teenager sentenced for causing death of friend

|News, Driving offences

A 16-year-old has been sentenced for causing the death of his friend by dangerous driving.

The defendant, who was driving without a licence at speeds of up to 70mph, lost control of his car on 2 August 2018 after hitting a parked vehicle in the Caldmore area of Walsall.

He fled the scene but was identified by police a short time later after finding his ID card in the boot of the car.

A friend of the defendant, who was a passenger in the car, died following the collision.

The teenage was sentenced to 38 months detention with a 19-month extension, disqualified from driving for five years ordered to take an extended driving re-test.

Jason Corden-Bowen from the CPS said: “This defendant had never passed his driving test and was uninsured. He compounded that by driving in the manner he did and put himself, his passengers and other road users at risk.

“That risk is most evident in the grave consequences it had, as the defendant’s actions have resulted in the death of one of his passengers, a young man who was his friend.

“Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of the victim.”

Notes to editors

  • Jason Corden-Bowen is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS West Midlands

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