Teenage driver jailed after death of a former RAF officer
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A teenager who caused the death of his friend after a collision in Willoughby Waterleys has today (Friday 13 August) been jailed for 15 months.
Brennan Carpenter was driving his Ford Fiesta along Willoughby Road on Sunday 20 December last year when the vehicle left the road, overturned and came to rest in a brook.
Carpenter had been travelling at excessive speed and failed to slow down when he approached a bend in the road, which then resulted in the car hitting a concrete post.
The car contained Carpenter and three passengers. The front seat passenger, 18-year-old Thomas Gamble, sustained serious injuries and passed away in hospital a few hours later.
The two other passengers sustained minor injuries.
Carpenter, 19, of Evans Avenue, Broughton Astley, pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at a hearing at Leicester Magistrates’ Court last month.
Today he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. He was also disqualified from driving for three years which will be begin on his release from prison.
Detective Sergeant Ed Des-Chanelle from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Yet again, we see a young life lost due to the careless actions of another. Thomas was a RAF officer with a promising career ahead of him. His loss will be suffered by his family and friends forever.
“We are pleased Carpenter pleaded guilty to the charges laid before him and spared the family the ordeal of hearing the evidence in court. While it will never ease the pain, the fact Carpenter has taken responsibility for his actions will hopefully bring them some peace.
“The incident and investigation also had a massive impact on the officers who dealt with it, many of whom had children of similar ages themselves. Putting their feelings aside they dealt with the families with the upmost sensitivity, guiding them through the investigation and subsequent judicial process.
“We hope that the sentence passed today gives Carpenter the time to reflect on his careless behaviour and think about his actions in the future.
“Speeding is one of the four main contributors to road death and serious injury on our roads and we are constantly trying to deter and educate drivers from such carless driving, putting their lives and the lives of others at risk. There is no excuse for speeding and we will arrest and prosecute those who believe they are above the law.”