A Worcestershire man has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in prison for causing the death of two of his cousins in a high-speed car race.
Stephen Toogood, of Smallshine Way, Stourbridge, was jailed at Worcester Crown Court on his 21st birthday when he admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Shane Toogood, 19, of Lodge Crescent in Netherton, and Sam Cox, formerly known as Sam Passey, also 19, of Calewood Road in Quarry Bank, were killed when they were thrown from the car Stephen Toogood was driving in May last year.
Toogood was driving the black Volkswagen Golf along Dunley Road, Dunley, at speeds in excess of 90mph in a race with friends when he lost control and the car overturned, the court heard. A third passenger survived the crash.
Following the hearing, investigating officer Pc Andy Saunders, from North Worcestershire's Road Policing Unit, said: "Before this incident they had all set out as friends and enjoyed a good day. It's a pity that a few moments of madness have had such a tragic outcome for all concerned.
"No-one set out to kill anyone but what started out as a bit of fun has led to two people losing their lives. The judge obviously took a very serious view of the events surrounding that today and that is reflected in his sentencing.
"Stephen Toogood now has to live with the consequences of his actions but so too do the families of Shane Toogood and Sam Cox and our thoughts are with them. Hopefully they can now move on with their lives."