Published On: Wed, Jun 10th, 2015 on 3:34 pm

Petition calling for tougher sentence for jailed driver reaches over 15000 signs

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A petition calling the government to increase the sentence given to a teen driver who caused death by dangerous driving has gained over 17,000 signatures.

Addil Haroon Greater Manchester Police

The petition, created by Amelia Drogan on Change.org, calls for an increase to the sentence given to Addil Haroon, who boasted about clocking 142mph on a motorway a day after he drove his car into another driver.

The 19-year-old had sent a photograph of the speedometer while racing on the M62 in a Snapchat message to a friend which read: “Leeds to Rochdale 11 mins catch me”.

Addil Haroon Greater Manchester Police

The next day, he drove a rented Audi A6 through a red light at over 80mph and collided with an Audi A5 driven by 25-year-old Joseph Brown-Lartey, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Haroon was jailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown for six years, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst unlicensed and causing death whilst uninsured.

Mr Brown-Lartey’s parents said in a statement following the incident: “Joseph is a great son, brother and friend to many people with his whole future ahead of him which has been tragically and suddenly taken away from us far too soon. He will be sadly missed but never forgotten. Our lives will never be the same again.”

Images courtesy: Greater Manchester Police.

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