A Rugby teenager has been sentenced to four and a half years detention for death by dangerous driving following a crash in Newbold which killed Oliver Hawker.
The boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court at the Leamington Justice Centre this afternoon (Friday).
The teenager previously pleaded guilty to a burglary in Lime Tree Avenue where vehicle keys and a laptop were stolen, causing the death of Oliver Hawker by driving dangerously in Parkfield Road, driving dangerously in Bilton Road, driving without a licence and insurance, failing to stop after causing injury to Oliver Hawker, failing to stop after an accident in Bilton Road which caused damage to a Toyota and aggravated vehicle taking.
Oliver, 17, from Rugby died during the crash when a van lost control and collided with a lamppost just after 4.30pm on April 3 in Parkfield Road.
Today’s court hearing heard that the teenager, along with a 13 year old boy from Rugby, broke into a house in Lime Tree Avenue and stole the keys to a Peugeot van parked outside.
The 15 year old drove the van through Bilton at speeds of up to 75 mph. Near Costcutter the van hit numerous objects before crashing into a Toyota car which was parked outside the shops.
At some point Oliver got into the van and the 15 year old continued to drive in a dangerous manner, the court heard.
In Parkfield Road the van mounted a kerb, hit a tree and a lamppost before rolling over. Oliver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown out of the van and into the road.
The 15 year old ran away from the scene before handing himself in at Rugby Police Station around three hours later.
Emergency services tried to save Oliver but he was declared dead at the scene.
Judge Alan Parker sentenced the 15 year old to four and a half years in detention for death by dangerous driving. He said that no separate penalty would be added for the other charges.
A 13 year old boy has also pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the crash.
He will appear at Nuneaton Youth Court on May 1.
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