Driver jailed after injuring two in 110mph Sheffield crash

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Two passengers were badly injured after a young man ‘showing off’ smashed his car at 110mph into a wall in Sheffield on Christmas Eve.

Gary Ford, aged 23, ignored a 30mph limit on Long Line near Dore and told his horrified passengers ‘let’s see what speed we can get to’ before losing control.

His blue Ford Fiesta took off into the air and crashed into a stone wall at the junction with Sheephill Road causing significant front nearside damage, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

His 18-year-old female passenger, who was in the back, needed major surgery for a perforated bowel, tears to her pancreas and liver and two fractured vertebrae in her neck and back.

A 15-year-old boy front seat passenger suffered two broken ankles, a broken wrist and chest burns from his seat belt.

Prosecutor Claire Larton said the car collided head-on with a wall across the junction after Ford had driven along the long, straight road.

Police accident investigators found no evidence of braking or skidding.

Ford said he had been driving from Hillsborough to Dore and claimed he had been doing 60mph but his passengers saw the speedometer reach 110mph before the crash.

Miss Larton said: “The female said she was scared to death and bouncing around all over the place and felt horrified.

“They both shouted ‘slow down’ but he didn’t try to brake. The car took off and went straight into the wall.”

Ford, of Darley, Worsbrough Dale, Barnsley, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He was jailed for 12 months.

Kevin Jones, defending, said: “It was a reckless decision and he is fortunate he is not facing rather more serious charges. He could easily have killed his passengers and himself. He recognises how foolish and stupid his actions were.”

Recorder Timothy Hirst told him: “The really, really serious offending relates to the speed. That really is a terrifying amount of speed. You thought you could put your foot down.”

Ford was also banned from driving for three years.