A drink-driver who caused the death of a teenage girl after he crashed a van on a Northamptonshire road has been given a custodial sentence of three years and 10 months.
William Wallace was travelling in a van with his friend Emmanuel Price and two teenage girls in Violet Lane, near to the A14 outside Rothwell on November 29, 2013.
Northampton Crown Court heard that the vehicle was owned by Price who had a full licence and was insured.
Steven Coupland, prosecuting, said Wallace, who only had a provisional licence, asked his friend if he could drive the van despite the fact Price knew he had been drinking.
The court heard that when Wallace started driving Price encouraged him to go faster and the van reached an estimated speed of 60mph.
As the vehicle approached the end of Violet Lane, a cul-de-sac just off the A14, Wallace braked hard and also applied the handbrake. However, the car crashed into a barrier at the end of the road and flipped over on to the edge of the dual-carriageway.
Mr Coupland said all four occupants in the vehicle including Alysha Bell, aged 16, were catapulted out of the vehicle.
The court heard that Ms Bell suffered a fractured skull and internal bleeding. She died three days after the crash.
The other teenage girl in the van suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured elbow and still has no feeling on her right hand.
Wallace and Price managed to escape the crash with relatively minor injuries.
Mr Coupland said that witnesses who attended the crash scene said that Wallace appeared to be more concerned about getting a cigarette than finding out what had happened to the two girls.
Wallace also became aggressive to police officers and had to be arrested. After being breathalysed, he was found to be more than twice the legal alcohol limit for driving.
Wallace pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. Price pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting causing death by dangerous driving but was found guilty after a trial.
In a victim impact read to the court, Ms Bell’s mother said she was struggling to come to terms with the death of her daughter due to the “stupidity of two boys”.
She said she had been “robbed of the opportunity to see her daughter grow up to get married and have children as any other mother would do.”
Judge Rupert Mayo, sentencing, said there was no sentence he could impose that could compensate for the loss of a life.
Judge Mayo said: “This was an accident that could have caused far more deaths. The van could have struck another vehicle on the A14.
“The driving of Wallace was a clear and substantial risk of danger. He was twice the legal alcohol limit, he was unlicensed, uninsured.
“He ignored the shouts of the two girls to slow down. Price did not stem his aggressive driving, he even encouraged him to go faster.”
Judge Mayo said Price had not shown any remorse for the crash as he had not pleaded guilty.
Price, of Greenacres Caravan Park in Northamptonshire, aged 22, was sentenced to six years and two months in jail. He is likely to serve half before being released on licence. He was banned from driving for four years.
Wallace, of The Broadway, Market Harborough, aged 19, is likely to serve half his three years and 10 months sentence in a young offenders’ institution.