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Banned driver high on drink and drugs killed teenage girl in horror smash after day at theme park

Mirror logo Mirror 20/3/2017 Scarlet Howes

A banned drug driver who killed a teen girl in a horror smash after a day out at a theme park has been jailed.

David Manning, 28, was high on drink and drugs when he hurtled round a bend in a Mercedes C220 saloon car which overturned and crashed into a tree and metal gate post.

Lucy Pinder, 19, one of three young passengers in the car returning from a day out at Flamingo Land, suffered fatal injuries in the crash at Kirby Misperton last June.

Lucy’s death brought the community together - hundreds turned out to mourn her passing at a packed funeral, where she was described as “the most gorgeous person inside and out”.

Manning, who was taken to hospital with head injuries, was arrested after the crash and later admitted causing death by careless driving .

As well as being uninsured and unlicensed, Manning was also a disqualified driver and was one-and-a-half times over the prescribed alcohol limit.

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During Manning’s sentencing at York Crown Court on Monday, prosecutor Michael Morley said a Flamingo Land car-park attendant had never seen anyone drive away so quickly, after he spotted Manning screeching off in the Mercedes.

Manning was driving so fast and erratically that one of the passengers, an 18-year-old woman, begged him to slow down, but she was ignored.

Not long after leaving Flamingo Land, Manning sped round a right-hand bend, lost control of the vehicle and crashed at around 3.20pm on June 16, Gazette Live reported.

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Toxicology tests showed he had taken cocaine and had also been drinking before getting into the car.

Judge Andrew Stubbs QC condemned Manning for subjecting Lucy’s family to a lifetime of suffering.

“Her father outlined the vibrancy of her life and how they suffered when you took that life away,” said the judge.

“What should have been a day of pleasure turned into tragedy and that is due to the criminal activity of you, David Manning.”

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He blasted Manning for failing to heed his passengers’ repeated pleas to slow down, adding: “You were driving a car you shouldn’t have been in at all. You had no right to be behind the wheel.”

Mr Stubbs said Manning’s only mitigation was his remorse and the fact he had pleaded guilty.

Manning, dressed in a grey suit, white shirt and tie, showed no emotion as Mr Stubbs handed down a six-and-a-half-year jail sentence.

He was also banned from driving for 13 years and three months.

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The judge told Lucy’s tearful family that “no sentence could possibly do justice to the loss, pain and sadness you have suffered”.

The court heard that Manning, of Thornaby, had 11 previous convictions for 21 offences including driving while disqualified and without insurance in June 2009. He also had previous for possessing cannabis and failing to comply with court orders.

He received his latest ban in November 2014, when he was convicted of driving while unfit through drugs, having no insurance, driving while disqualified and possessing cannabis.

He was given a suspended prison sentence for those offences and banned from the roads for 18 months - that sentence had just expired when he embarked on the ill-fated trip.

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