Killer boy racers jailed

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Two young drivers who killed a mother of two while engaged in an illegal street race have been jailed.
Emily Phillips died after 19-year-old Paul Hemmingway lost control of his Seat Leon FR and ploughed into her Vauxhall Astra, which was being driven by her partner Paul Smith.

Phillips' two young children were also in the car at the time of the collision.

Hemmingway had been driving at high speeds along the A647 in Halifax, along with 26-year-old Mark Collins, who was driving a Mercedes CLK he had purchased on the morning of the accident.

Despite just taking possession of the powerful luxury car, Hemmingway had been spotted driving dangerously, including doing handbrake turns and wheel-spins.

Bradford Crown Court heard how the two young drivers came across each other in the afternoon of January 13 last year and began racing, despite both having passengers in their cars.

Witnesses estimated that both cars were travelling in excess of 60mph on the 30mph stretch of road. A police investigation concluded that Hemmingway was travelling at 67mph when he crashed into Phillips' car.

Hemmingway was arrested at the crash site and Collins the following day, after he fled from the scene.

They were handed down custodial sentences of six and a half years and four and a half years respectively.

Both were also banned from driving for ten years and will have to sit an extended driving test before being granted a licence again.
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