A teenager has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.
Harry Smith, aged 18, of Haleybridge Walk, Tangmere, appeared at Chichester Crown Court for sentencing on Monday (21 July) after he last month admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving in a fatal collision on the A285 at Halnaker in September 2013.
Judge Christopher Parker QC also disqualified Smith from driving for four years and ordered him to take an extended re-test before holding a licence again.
The court heard that Smith was driving a Vauxhall Corsa car travelling south, when it came off the road and overturned. Passenger Jasmine Elkasmi, 16, of Carlton Avenue, Bognor, died of her injuries.
Two other 16-year-old girl passengers who were in the car were seriously injured, one being left paralysed from the waist down and other suffering facial and dental injuries. Neither can be named for legal reasons.
Afrer the hearing, Sergeant Paul Wood, of the Arundel road policing unit, said: “Smith was 17 at the time of the collision and he had only held his driving licence for about seven weeks.
“He had been stopped by police before the collision on a number of occasions due to the manner of his driving and he had been issued with a section 59 warning, which meant that if he had been stopped again, his vehicle would have been seized.
“A girl died as a result of his dangerous driving and two other girls were left with serious injuries, one of them life-changing.
It is understood that none of the victims’ families wished to comment after the sentencing.