Driver jailed for causing death of 16-year-old girl

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A MAN who caused the death of a 16-year-old girl after he lost control of his car as he sped along a country road has been jailed.

Hannah Hunter died and two other passengers were seriously injured in the collision after Jamie May sped over the brow of a hill at more than 80mph before ploughing into a tree.

A court heard May had also lied to also an insurance company to cover up his previous motoring convictions at the time of the tragedy on October 1 last year.

May was jailed for five years and three months.

Hannah, a popular student at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision on Chevet Lane, Notton, Wakefield.

Hannah’s friend Kayleigh Lowe, also 16, suffered a spinal injury and cuts in the collision. Darren Earnshaw, a friend of May’s who was sat in the front passenger seat, suffered a broken arm and a broken leg.

May’s injuries included a fractured pelvis and a punctured lung.

Heather Gilmore, prosecuting, said a man driving to work shortly before midnight came across the crash scene.

The road was littered with debris and Mr Earnshaw had been thrown from the vehicle.

A police investigation showed the car had left the road surface and travelled through the air for 20 metres after being driven over the crest of a hill at speed.

Ms Gilmore said there were gouge marks and oil in the road from where the underside of the vehicle had made contact with the road and fractured the oil sump. No one travelling in the vehicle was able to recall the crash and there were no witnesses.

Police held a reconstruction of the incident and found May must have been driving at around 84mph when he lost control.

The speed limit for the stretch of road is 60mph.

A month before the crash, May had his licence returned to him after serving a six month ban for driving without insurance.

He failed to disclose the conviction when he obtained insurance for the car.

May, of Crescent Road, Havercroft, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and fraud.

Richard Gioserano, mitigating, said May had no memory of the crash but accepted the findings of the police investigation and was sorry.

Jailing May, judge Neil Clark said: “Any sentence I pass is hardly going to begin to reflect the terrible loss suffered by Hannah Hunter’s family and friends.”

Judge Clark also told May he believed he had a “disregard for the law” in relation to his driving on the night of the collision and for failing to disclose his previous convictions.

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