Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Lucia Porter death: Craig Bridgewater jailed for three years

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Media captionLucia Porter was one of eight teenagers in the Ford Fiesta when it crashed

A man who caused the death of a teenage girl when he crashed a car in the Isle of Man has been jailed for three years.

Craig Bridgewater, 18, from Peel, pleaded guilty in October to causing death by dangerous driving.

Victim Lucia Porter, 14, was one of eight teenagers in a Ford Fiesta when it crashed on the Switchback Road near Peel on 8 March.

At Douglas courthouse, Bridgewater was also banned from driving for five years.

"No sentence could reconcile Lucia's family for their loss," the courthouse was told.

The court heard that on the night two people were in the front passenger seat - including Miss Porter - three people in the back seat and another two in the boot.

Bridgewater, who only held a provisional licence and was uninsured, was driving the car with permission from the owner, Andrew Reeday, 19, from Colby.

Three sisters

Image caption Julie Porter, (centre) said her family has been given a life sentence without Lucia

The prosecution said he set off from Peel with the intention of going "joyriding".

The Switchback Road, on the west coast of the island, has a series of consecutive humps, known locally as The Three Sisters.

However, Deemster Alistair Montgomerie said there was no evidence to back up the claim Bridgewater had been "thrill-seeking".

He added that, while it was clear the 18-year-old had clearly been "reckless", he had not been speeding.

The court heard that after the third hump, Bridgewater lost control of the car which left the road and rolled down the side of the bank into a water-logged field.

Miss Porter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Montgomerie said: "Considering the nature of the crash we can count ourselves fortunate there were no other fatalities - you are going to have to live with the fact that you caused the death of Lucia Porter."

Image caption The Switchback road, near Peel, has a number of blind corners and dips

'Loving girl'

Lucia's mother Julie, said: "The time Mr Bridgewater will spend in prison will pass but we are left to endure a life sentence without a member of our family.

"Lucia's infectious happiness and beautiful smile lit up everything around her - the world now seems a much darker place".

In September, Andrew Reeday pleaded guilty to letting Bridgewater drive his car without insurance whilst only holding a provisional licence.

Reeday was banned from driving for nine months.

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