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Drivers jailed over girls' deaths
Laura Hill, Rachel Thomas and Kim Brown (l to r)
Three of those killed: Laura Hill, Rachel Thomas and Kim Brown
Two men who took part in a car race that resulted in the deaths of four teenage girls have each been jailed for eight years at Hull Crown Court.

David Rogerson, 22, and Robert McCartney, 24, raced at over 70mph on a busy Hull street before crashing.

In Rogerson's car were Kimberley Brown, 17, Rachel Thomas, 17, Laura Hill, 16, and his fiancee, Karen Bunting, 18. They were all killed.

Both men earlier admitted four counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

They were each banned from driving for 10 years.

Rogerson was seriously injured in the crash, losing a leg.

It is yet another example of young men driving too fast and dangerously - an offence committed almost exclusively by young men
Judge Michael Mettyear

McCartney was the only person to escape unscathed after the cars hit a tree in February last year, but his passenger was seriously injured.

Jailing the pair, Judge Michael Mettyear said: "This is truly a terrible case.

"It is yet another example of young men driving too fast and dangerously.

"This is an offence committed almost exclusively by young men.

"It is an unfortunate coincidence that today (Monday), on the front page of one of the papers, it's reported that the death rate among young drivers has doubled over the last five years.

Beverley Road crash
Both cars hit the same tree in Hull last year.

"In this case it wasn't the drivers who died but the passengers of one of them."

Rogerson, of Stroud Crescent West, Hull, and McCartney, of Perth Street, Hull, were both were over the drink-drive limit at the time of the crash, the court was told.

At an earlier hearing, the court heard how Rogerson and McCartney had never met before.

They came across each other on the 30mph Beverley Road as they drove out of the city in the early hours of the morning.

Witnesses told police how the two overtook each other on numerous occasions over a two- mile route, with some drivers pulling over to get out of their way.

After the hearing, Rachel Thomas's mother, Alison Lloyd, said: "Eight years for four lives - it's ridiculous, it's disgraceful.

"My heart stopped when Rachel died that night."


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