A disqualified driver who had been banned 11 times has been jailed for eight years after the stolen, high-performance car he was driving struck and killed a schoolboy cyclist.
Darren Bardsley had taken heroin and was driving at almost twice the speed limit when he hit Justin Murphy, Birmingham Crown Court heard.
Justin, aged 13, who was was riding his mountain bike, was hurled into the air by the force of the impact, with his body hitting a tree, it was told.
Sentencing him Judge John Saunders QC said: "This is a tragic case. A child of 13 has lost his life unnecessarily. From what I have read Justin was a very special person. He was talented and would, no doubt, have achieved much. His death has devastated his family and friends."
After the hearing, Justin's uncle Paul Sheppard said: "He was a 13-year-old who had his whole life ahead of him. Justin was a fun-loving and caring child.
"We do take some small comfort that the person who took away Justin's life is behind bars but our lives will never be the same again."
Bardsley (32) had previously admitted causing the death of Justin, by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and receiving stolen goods. He was also banned from the roads for ten years.
The court was told Bardsley, of Longford Road, Kingstanding also has 13 previous convictions for taking a vehicle without consent.
Sandrea Maynard, prosecuting, said the car Bardsley was driving, an Audi A6, worth #38,000, had been stolen seven days earlier.
On July 21 this year a police officer saw him in Kings Road, Kingstanding, being followed by his girlfriend, in another car.
Bardsley sped off and the officer lost sight of him, said Miss Maynard. She said Bardsley drove into Hurlingham Road, where there were about a dozen children playing. A witness, she said, heard a "sliding" noise and then saw Justin's body being thrown into the air.
Miss Maynard said although Bardsley slowed down he did not stop.
"As a result of the accident Justin's body was thrown approximately 30 metres into the air and struck a tree on the pavement and came to rest underneath a vehicle that was parked on the road," she said.
Miss Maynard said Bardsley later told his girlfriend he thought he had killed someone and that she told him to hand himself in.