Young driver killed his stepfather and best friend while street racing

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A young driver was responsible for the death of his best friend and his stepfather during an illegal street race, a court has heard.

Joshua Ford, 21, of Underhill Crescent, Abergavenny, was driving his red Citroen C2 on a country lane when he crashed into the Toyota Celica carrying his friend Jordan Thomas, 19, and stepfather Lee Fox, 35, killing both.

Prosecutor Christopher Rees told Cardiff Crown Court that Ford met Thomas outside the Hardwick Restaurant in Abergavenny, south Wales, and was joined by Fox and Fox's friend.

The court was told that Fox got into Thomas's Celica, while his friend got into Ford's Citroen. Witnesses report seeing the pair leave at speed, while another witness said Ford's car had been travelling at between 70 and 80mph on a 60mph road.

"The prosecution case is that the vehicles were racing on a public road," said Rees.

"The road is a winding country road which perhaps suited it to rally-style driving. The prosecution say that this road was chosen to act as a race track."

He explained that Thomas took a corner on the wrong side of the road and clipped a car, causing his vehicle to spin into a tree. Ford then came around the same corner at speed and crashed into the wreckage.

Both Fox and Thomas were thrown from the car and died at the scene.

Rees claimed that "Joshua Ford was showing off and racing Jordan Thomas and that was encouraging Jordan Thomas to drive in the manner that he did."

Ford, who denies two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, told police he had argued with his girlfriend on the night of the crash in January 2016.

He denied that the pair had been racing, but said that Thomas had offered to show Fox 'what my car goes like' before they drove off.

Ford also denied claims he was driving too close to his friend or trying to catch up with him, saying Thomas was 'nowhere in sight' before the crash.

The trial continues.