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Last Updated: Monday October 06 2008 13:01 GMT

Player jailed over boys' deaths

Luke McCormick

A Championship footballer's been sent to jail for more than seven years after admitting causing the deaths of two young brothers in a motorway crash.

The court heard former Plymouth Argyle goalie Luke McCormick had been driving too fast and "like an idiot" before the accident in Staffordshire on 7 June.

His Range Rover crashed into another car, killing Arron Peak, 10, and his eight-year-old brother Ben.

The 25-year-old also admitted he'd been drinking alcohol before the crash.

Arron, 10, and Ben, eight, with their mum and dad
Arron and Ben were on a day out to a race track with their dad
Police found McCormick had drunk more than twice the amount of alcohol that adults are allowed to drink by law if they're driving.

Arron and Ben were on their way to the Silverstone racing track in Northamptonshire with their dad, Philip, when the accident happened.

Mr Peak was also seriously hurt and is still recovering from his injuries.


After the judge sent McCormick to jail, Aaron and Ben's family said their lives had been devastated, but they were pleased the player had taken responsibility for the crash.

"Our whole lives have been shattered... all our hopes and dreams for the future have been taken away from us," they said.