Teenager gets eight years for killing girlfriend in car crash

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A DRIVER who killed his teenage girlfriend in a car crash has today been jailed for eight years.

Lewis Young, 19, was behind the wheel when his car hit a wall in Petersfield Road, Havant near Staunton Country Park, killing passenger Payton Sparks and seriously injuring her 14-year-old friend Thomas Frost.

After the case, Payton’s family said the sentence - six years short of the maximum - was ‘disgusting.’

Portsmouth Crown Court heard that Young, of Leigh Park, had downed a cocktail of drink and drugs at his parents’ home before taking his father’s car and sending a text message to 16-year-old Payton, who was at a party, demanding to see her.

He drove to Stone Square in Leigh Park where passenger Thomas described him forcing Payton into the car.

Thomas is believed to have joined them in a bid to protect Payton.

Young was then seen driving at speeds of up to 80mph in residential areas before the crash, which killed Payton instantly.

The crash happened at 10.45pm on May 25.

At a hearing last month Young admitted causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury to a passenger, driving while disqualified, aggravated vehicle taking, making off without paying for petrol and driving without insurance.

After the case, Payton’s family issued a moving tribute to her.

Police issued a shocking picture of the wrecked car today as they condemned the actions of Lewis Young on the night of the crash.

Last month. Payton’s mother Lisa Garner spoke movingly about the loss of her daughter.