A young driver showing off in a stolen car lost control and crashed into a tree killing one of his best friends, a court heard.
Tazareb Hussain, 22, of Skipton Street, Batley, was not responsible for the original theft of the Nissan Micra which had been taken after a burglary at an address in County Close, Batley, in September last year.
But by November 25 he was behind the wheel when Yasar Hussain, 18, got in as his front seat passenger with another man Aadil Malik in the back.
Leeds Crown Court heard today that Tazareb Hussain tried to turn right into Taylor Street, Batley, at speed and lost control, sliding across the road before the Micra mounted the kerb and hit a tree.
David Mackay, prosecuting, said: “The force of the crash embedded the tree into the car effectively taking up the entire space where the front passenger compartment was.”
Yasar Hussain suffered facial, chest, pelvic and brain injuries and his death was almost instantaneous. Witnesses found him lying over the unconscious driver with the back seat passenger trapped by his leg.
Andrew Dallas, defending, said he was ashamed of his actions and considered his punishment a small price compared with what Yasar’s family faced.
Tazareb Hussain admitted causing death by dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking where a death results and causing death while uninsured.
He was jailed for four years and eight months, and disqualified from driving for six and a half years.