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Man jailed over five-death crash

Kenneth and Martin Jones
Kenneth and Martin Jones were one of the sets of brothers killed in the crash

A teenage motorcyclist who caused the deaths of five people has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.

Joshua Knights, 18, from Bolsover, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Derby Crown Court.

Joshua Taylor, seven, and his brother Leon, four, died when their mother's car collided with a Ford Sierra which was racing Knights' motorcycle.

Kenneth and Martin Jones, 25 and 22, and Andrew Darnell, 21, died in the crash at Shuttlewood in September 2007.

Joshua and Leon Taylor's mother Pam Tut was seriously injured in the crash, along with her 13-year-old nephew who was also in the car.

'Devastating consequences'

"We are left with the grief, the pain and the rawness of it. Their stupidity has ripped our family apart within a second," she said.

The car was travelling at more than 100 mph (160 kph) at the time of the crash.

Judge John Wait told Knights: "Your race took the lives of five people and the consequences for those who survived has been devastating."

The defendant was seen doing wheelies in the area immediately after the accident.

The boy's mother and teenage cousin who survived the accident still face further operations as a result of injuries suffered in the crash.

At the time of the crash, Supt Kevin Lea said: "The officers who are dealing with it are saying that it's one of the worst they have dealt with, not only because children are involved but because of the extent of the damage caused and the number of casualties."


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