A speeding and unlicensed teenage driver who caused the death of a woman and left her friend severely disabled in a head-on crash has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years detention.
Khas Thorpe (17) had overtaken a car on the wrong side of the road and was doing 80mph in a 30mph zone when he crashed into a Toyota, killing its front seat passenger, 63 year-old Barbara Jewell.
Thorpe, of Dreghorn Road, Bromford, Birmingham, admitted a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and was also banned from driving for four years.
Sentencing him at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday, Judge John Cavell said: "The aggravating feature was to drive at 80mph in a 30mph limit and then to overtake more than one car on the wrong side of the road."
Stefan Kolodynski, prosecuting, said the accident happened on January 14 this year on the Bromford Road, Hodge Hill at about 11pm.
He said Barbara Jewell had been a front seat passenger in a Toyota car driven by 74-year-old William Woodhouse and they were returning home from a night out.
Thorpe, he said, who was driving a Honda Prelude, overtook a student at 80mph on a pedestrian crossing.
The defendant made no effort to slow down or avoid oncoming traffic before hitting the Toyota.
Samantha Crabb, defending, said Thorpe, who had not passed his driving test, was driving far too fast for someone with limited driving experience.