Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Cocaine-fuelled unlicensed teenage driver who'd never had a lesson killed 16-year-old passenger by smashing into wall after 120mph 'Fast and Furious' chase . . .


Cocaine-fuelled unlicensed teenage driver who'd never had a lesson killed 16-year-old passenger by smashing into wall after 120mph 'Fast and Furious' chase

  • Paul Lace, 17, drove friend's BMW at 120mph after drink and drugs binge
  • Police officer saw car speeding past but was unable to stop it
  • Lace crashed the vehicle into a garden wall, killing passenger Elise Kelly
  • Unlicensed driver has now been jailed for five years over her death 
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A drug-fuelled motorist who had never had a driving lesson killed his teenage passenger after speeding at 120mph in scenes which were compared to the Fast and Furious films.

Paul Lace, 17, was high on cocaine when he crashed a friend's BMW, killing 16-year-old Elise Kelly, after speeding away from a police car.

He has now been jailed for five years after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

Victim: Elise Kelly, above, died after being driven in a car by Paul Lace, left, who had never had a driving lesson

The crash took place in the early hours of the morning on March 7 this year, the Wigan Evening Post reported.

Elise and her friend Nikita Winstanley had met Lace at a pub in Wigan, Greater Manchester, and agreed to let him pick them up in a car a few hours later.

The BMW was initially being driven by its owner Alan Shinton, 37, but after the group drank alcohol and took cocaine Lace persuaded Shinton to let him drive, because the owner had previously been convicted of drink-driving.

Lace reached a top speed of 120mph, and accelerated when he saw a police car in what prosecutor Trevor Parry-Jones said was 'like something from Fast and Furious'.

A police officer told the court that she saw the BMW driving erratically, but could not keep up with the car.

Crash: The scene of the accident in Wigan, Greater Manchester where Elise died

When she reached the vehicle it had crashed into a garden wall, and she saw Miss Winstanley screaming for help while Elise lay injured.

'She was still breathing but she was clearly badly injured,' Mr Parry-Jones said. 'The driver was still sitting in the car. His eyes were rolling about as if he was high on drugs or drink.'

The teenage passenger was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to save her life. 

After Lace was arrested, he was found to have a bag of cocaine hidden in his sock, while traces of cannabis and cocaine were found in his system.

Tributes: Piles of flowers were placed at the scene in memory of the 16-year-old victim

Judge David Aubrey QC said: 'A young life was tragically and needlessly lost. I am satisfied that Shinton told Lace to drive in consequence of his previous conviction for driving with excess of alcohol.

'There are aggravating factors in the fact you both knew Lace was inexperienced and had no insurance but Shinton - you told him to drive. You should have known better.

'Lace drove off at a speed likened to that of a car in Fast and Furious. The tyres were screeching and the engine was revving. You showed a disregard to other road users.'

Shinton was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting death by dangerous driving.

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