Teen driver who boasted going 142mph jailed after killing motorist
A motorist who boasted about clocking 142mph on a motorway has been jailed after he killed another driver the following night.
Addil Haroon was jailed at Manchester Minshull Street Crown for six years, after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst unlicensed and causing death whilst uninsured.
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”.
In the early hours of the next day Haroon drove his rented Audi A6 through a red light in Bury Road, Rochdale, at over 80mph and collided with an Audi A5 driven by 25-year-old Joseph Brown-Lartey.
Mr Brown-Lartey was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident at the junction of Sandy Lane.
“He was uninsured, unlicensed and driving dangerously”
Police Sergeant Paul Higgins of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “Haroon’s dangerous behaviour put innocent members of the public at risk and his irresponsible actions have devastated a family. He was uninsured, unlicensed and driving dangerously but he paid no heed and sadly, Joseph paid the price for this.
“Many of the experienced traffic officers who were first on the scene described the collision scene as the worst they’ve witnessed and it will stay with them throughout their time in the Force.
“Haroon is off the road and behind bars and I hope today’s sentence goes some small way to bring some closure for the family.”
Mr Brown-Lartey’s parents said in a statement: “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.