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Robert Turnbull detained for North Yorkshire death crash

Robert Turnbull
Image caption Robert Turnbull, 19, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving

A man who caused the death of his girlfriend in a car crash has been sent to a young offenders' institution for five-and-a-half years.

Robert Turnbull, 19, from Wrelton, near Pickering, crashed while driving on the A170 in North Yorkshire in January.

Turnbull was trying to overtake on a bend but lost control of the car, which overturned, killing Natalia Wiley instantly, York Crown Court heard.

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

Turnbull was also disqualified from driving for seven years.

'Tragic case'

Passing sentence the Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst said: "This was a dreadful tragedy that needn't have happened."

Image caption Miss Wiley's family urged drivers to stick to speed limits

Miss Wiley, 15, was in the front passenger seat of the car when the crash happened.

In a statement released after the sentencing her family said: "A gap has been left in all the lives of Natalia's family and friends that can never be filled, no matter how much time passes.

"We have been reliably informed that had the speed limit been adhered to then this collision would probably never happened.

"The fact is, speed kills. So if you want to do anything in the memory of a beautiful, happy caring young woman, please drive carefully and stick within the speed limits."

Sgt Neil Campbell, of North Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Group, said: "This is a profoundly tragic case which has robbed Natalia of her life and her family of their beloved daughter.

"I hope it sends a wake-up call to dangerous and speeding drivers, and that they fully understand the grief and devastation that their actions can cause."

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