Two Corby teenagers have been locked up for causing a crash that left a passenger with “life-changing” injuries.
The pair had been racing down the A6003 between Corby and Kettering at speeds of up to 90mph.
Kurt Duffy, 19, of Humber Walk, and Jack Scales, 18, of West Glebe Road, pleaded guilty to causing a serious injury as a result of dangerous driving in relation to a high-speed crash.
Northampton Crown Court heard that the pair had only just passed their driving tests when they were witnessed “racing” on the A6003 at 1am on December 3 last year.
Bth drivers had passengers in their cars and had ‘black boxes’ fitted in their vehicles under the terms of their car insurance.
Mary Loram, prosecuting, said a witness saw the two vehicles speed past him and overtake each other.
The witness’ mum, who was a passenger in his vehicle, described the pair’s driving as “an accident waiting to happen”.
The court heard Duffy crashed his Fiesta a short distance after a roundabout and one of the passengers, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was thrown out of the back of the car.
The passenger suffered serious injuries included a fractured thigh and hip bone.
It took three months for him to walk again and he has been told he will get arthritis early in life.
Analysis of the black boxes revealed Duffy’s car was travelling at a top speed of 93mph and an average of 73mph.
Scales’ Citroen Saxo was travelling at a top speed of 89mph and average speed of 67mph.
The speed limit on the part of the dual carriageway the cars were witnessed driving on is 40mph.
Henry James, mitigating for Duffy, said his client “recognised how stupid he was”.
Derek Johashen, mitigating for Scales, said his client felt “deep remorse” and had voluntarily given a talk on the effects of speeding.
Judge Alan Parker, sentencing, said the crash was “inevitable” due to the pair’s dangerous driving.
He said: “Neither of you had been driving very long and it is an unhappy fact that crashes like this are confined to those that are relatively young.”
Duffy and Scales were both sentenced to eight months detention.
They were both disqualified from driving for two years.