Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Lewis Young admits causing Payton Sparks death

Payton Sparks
Image caption Payton Sparks, 16, was confirmed dead at the scene on 25 May

A car thief has admitted causing the death of a 16-year-old girl when he crashed a stolen car in Hampshire.

Payton Sparks, from Havant, died when the green Vauxhall Tigra she was travelling in hit a building at Staunton Country Park.

She died at the scene on Petersfield Road on 25 May.

Lewis Young, 19, of no fixed abode, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court earlier charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

He will be sentenced on 4 October.

Young also admitted charges of causing serious injury to another person by driving dangerously on a road, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and making off without payment.

Speaking outside court, Sgt Rob Heard, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: "After taking the vehicle, Lewis Young set out on a path of action which was bound to end in disaster - and devastatingly, it did.

"It not only caused the tragic and untimely death of a 16-year-old girl but also seriously injured a 14-year-old boy passenger in the vehicle.

"Our thoughts remain with Payton's family."

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