Driving instructor's son 'killed' best friend in drunken joyride

Driving instructor's son 'killed' best friend in drunken joyride

A teenager, who lost control of his father's dual-controlled driving instructor's car while out on a drunken joyride, has been jailed after crashing and killing his passenger.

Marc Lutman, 19, was nearly two and half times over the alcohol limit when he lost control of the speeding car with Ian Deer, also 19, in the passenger seat.
Lincoln Crown Court heard how undergraduate student Lutman gave into Mr Deer's requests for a 1am drive in the silver Vauxhall Corsa that belonged to Lutman's father.

Ten minutes into their early morning drive, Mr Lutman lost control of the vehicle as it travelled over the 60mph limit on a rural road near their homes in Stickney, Lincolnshire.

Shortly before the crash, Mr Deer had pressed the dual controls and pulled Mr Lutman's arm away from the steering wheel, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Mr Deer, from Revesby, Lincolnshire, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle as it flew over 80 metres in to a field.

He died from his injuries despite Lutman's efforts to give him first aid.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said Lutman admitted to being the driver and was overheard to say, "What have I done, I've killed my best friend."

Alison Summers, mitigating, said it was clear from text messages received by 'exemplary student' Lutman that it was Mr Deer's idea to take the keys.

One text message sent in reply to Mr Deer from a friend even read, "Oh dear. This won't go well."

Miss Summers said: "At the time that message was sent Mr Deer was in the driver's seat and he was going to drive to McDonald's."

The court heard Mr Deer's mother, Christine, who sat in the public gallery during the hearing, did not blame Lutman for the crash and met him the day before he appeared in court to be sentenced.

Lutman, of East Keal Fen, Lincolnshire admitted causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 40 months in a young offenders institution in a young offenders institution, banned from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended driving test.
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