A DRIVER who egged on another motorist to race and caused a horrific crash killing three women has been jailed for 12 and a half years.
Jak Parker’s street racing had already caused a woman crossing a road to be seriously injured two and a half weeks before.
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, sentencing Parker at Teesside Crown Court, said his actions had shattered the lives of three families.
He was jailed for 10 years after admitting three counts of causing death by dangerous driving, and a further two and a half years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Parker overtook a Fiat 500 in Front Street, Shotton Colliery, driving his MG ZR car at over 70mph in a 30mph zone on June 25 last year.
The Fiat subsequently collided with a Citroen Xsara, trapping three people inside.
The Fiat driver, former East Durham College student Rebecca Learoyd, and her front seat passenger and best friend, Megan Robinson, both 19, were killed, along with the Citroen driver, 60-year-old Anne Peachey. The court heard Parker’s driving egged Ms Learoyd on to drive at speed, and having got into a race with him, she lost control after he had overtaken, and her Fiat hit the Citroen head-on.
Grandmother Ms Peachey died on the way to hospital after the crash in June last year. Her daughter Joanne and granddaughter were also in the car.
Parker admitted a separate charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on June 8 last year when he was involved in another street race.
He was driving the same car when a pedestrian suffered a leg injury as she used a crossing in Wheatley Hill.
She was struck by a van driven by Roy Morrison, 20, who lives on a caravan site near Chester-le-Street.
Morrison was jailed for three and a half years after he was convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.