North East Wales

Driver sentenced after fatal Flintshire crash

Danny Evans, 18, from Connah's Quay, Flintshire, who died when a car overturned
Image caption Danny Evans was a promising athlete who competed in the high jump

A teenage has been sentenced to 100 hours' community service and given a one-year driving ban after a crash in which a passenger was killed.

Daniel Evans, 18, from Connah's Quay, Flintshire, died and two other passengers were seriously injured in the collision at Sealand in February.

Jack Hughes, 18, had already admitted causing death by careless driving before Flintshire magistrates.

Hughes, of Connah's Quay, must also re-take his test and pay £85 costs.

The four friends were planning a night out in Chester and the three passengers were waving their arms to music, the court heard.

However, after an oncoming car passed, the vehicle veered towards the side of the road.

Driver Hughes lost control of the Renault Clio, which ended upside down on the A548 Sealand Road.

He escaped relatively unscathed.

Hughes admitted causing death by careless driving and was ordered to carry out 100 hours' unpaid work for the community. He was banned from driving for a year.

District Judge Andrew Shaw said he had to stick to the sentencing guidelines.

He told Hughes: "This tragic case led to the loss of life of Daniel Evans, your friend, and injuries to two others in the vehicle."

He added: "The conclusion drawn by the police accident investigator was that this case involved a momentary loss of control."

He said he was aware of the "terrible pain the family suffered as a result of the loss of their much loved son who was an asset to the wider community".

He then told Hughes: "You faced up to what happened."

The court heard Hughes had no previous convictions, and had references, including a letter on behalf of one of the injured passengers who said it was a tragic accident.

Daniel Evans, a champion high jumper, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Outside court, his parents Mark and Debbie said they were devastated by the sentence, and called for changes to the sentencing guidelines.

Mrs Evans, who said the tragedy had consequences for the whole family, added: "We have been sentenced to life without Danny."

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