A 23-year-old British man who urged another driver to race and caused the deaths of three people has been sentenced to 12 and a half years in jail.
Jak Parker, of Wingate, County Durham in England had already left a pedestrian, Jean Hedley, seriously injured 16 days earlier when he was speeding around the same roads, Mirror.co.uk reports.
Parker overtook 18-year-old Rebecca Learoyd’s Fiat 500 traveling in his black MG ZR at 71 miles per hour as they left the village in a 30 miles per hour zone, while she was doing 64.
She lost control of the Fiat, which collided with 60-year-old Anne Peachey’s Citroen Xsara.
Learoyd died at the scene and Peachey was declared dead in a helicopter airlifting her to a hospital. Parker drove away.
Learoyd’s friend Megan Robinson, 19, died in the hospital two days after the June 2013 incident.
Peachey’s daughter Joanne and granddaughter Adele, 13, both injured, were also in the car and forced to listen to Peachey’s final moments of panic as she lay dying.
"By your actions on that day in June, you have shattered the lives of three families,” Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, told the BBC. “Three families who have lost respectively, a daughter, a mother, a wife, a grandmother. You may or may not be able to put the events of that day from your mind. They never will.”
Parker was sentenced to 10 years after admitting to causing three deaths by dangerous driving and two and a half years for causing Hedley’s serious injury on June 8, 2013.
Jailed alongside Parker was Roy Morrison, 20, who was sentenced to three and a half years after being convicted of driving a van that hit Hedley as she and a friend were crossing the road in nearby Wheatley Hill.