Police condemn actions of death crash teenager

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Police today issued a shocking picture of a wrecked car as they condemned the teenage driver who caused the death of his young girlfriend.

Lewis Young was jailed for eight years today after the accident in Havant in which 16-year-old Payton Sparks died.

A police photograph of the Vauxhall Tigra at the scene of the crash in which Payton Sparks was killed

A police photograph of the Vauxhall Tigra at the scene of the crash in which Payton Sparks was killed

After the case, Sergeant Rob Heard, the senior investigating officer for the case from the Hampshire Road Death Investigation Team, said: ‘After taking the vehicle without consent, Lewis Young set out on a path of action which was bound to end in disaster and, devastatingly, it did.

‘Young showed a complete disregard for the law, his passengers and others on the road, and it caused the untimely death of a 16-year-old girl and serious injury to a 14-year-old boy. Payton had her whole life ahead of her and Lewis Young has robbed this from her and her family.

‘There is never any excuse for driving like this or in this condition. Young has a total disregard for others, and no sentence could ever undo the damage he has caused to so many lives. Our thoughts are with Payton’s family and friends.’

Police today issued a photograph of the Vauxhall Tigra driven by Young, taken at the site of the collision.