Teenager pleads guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after Leigh Park crash

TRIBUTES ''Flowers and written tributes have been left at the scene of a Road Traffic Collisiion on the Petersfield Road where Payton 'Poppy' Sparks lost her life. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (0000-6594)
TRIBUTES ''Flowers and written tributes have been left at the scene of a Road Traffic Collisiion on the Petersfield Road where Payton 'Poppy' Sparks lost her life. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (0000-6594)

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A 19-year-old man has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a 16-year-old girl in a collision at Leigh Park.

Peyton Sparks, known as Poppy, died on May 25 when the car driven by Louis Young, which she was a passenger in, sped out of control and crashed into a wall in Petersfield Road, Havant.

Speaking via video link at Portsmouth Crown Court, Young, 19, admitted six charges relating to Poppy’s death.

He also pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated vehicle taking, driving whilst disqualified, driving whilst uninsured and making off without paying for petrol.

Young was charged following the collision which occurred when the Vauxhall Tigra he was driving came off the road and struck a building, part of Staunton Country Park premises, at 10.42pm on Saturday, May 25.

Young was remanded in custody until Friday, October 4, where he will appear before Portsmouth Crown Court for sentencing.

Speaking after the hearing, senior investigating officer for the Roads Death Investigation Team, Sergeant Rob Heard, said: ‘After taking the vehicle, Lewis Young set out on a path of action which was bound to end in disaster – and devastatingly, it did.

‘It not only caused the tragic and untimely death of a 16-year-old girl but also seriously injured a 14-year-old boy passenger in the vehicle.

‘Our thoughts remain with Payton’s family.’