Driver jailed for horrific smash

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A DRIVER whose high-powered sports car slammed into a tree killing his passenger pal boasted: “It goes like stink”.

Stephen Cape, aged 25, bought the Honda Integra Type R five days before the smash and was showing it off to friend Mark Bingley when he catapulted off a bend.

He survived after being thrown into the road when his seatbelt was cut by flying metal but Mr Bingley, 22, died instantly.

Cape was jailed for six years at Sheffield Crown Court being found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Judge Roger Keen said: “This was a persistent and deliberate course of bad driving at grossly excessive speed.”

He said Cape had an “interest in speed” and was solely responsible for losing control.

He added: “You knew your driving contained a substantial risk of danger.”

Cape told the court he’d wanted an Integra since he was eight years old.

The specially-imported sports coupe had a 1.8 litre VTEC race-tuned engine and a larger than normal exhaust to improve performance.

The day before he collected the car, he texted a friend to say “it goes like stink”.

Cape picked up Mr Bingley just a few minutes before the smash and was speeding for several miles.

Mr Bingley suffered serious head and internal injuries in the accident, just before midnight on April 19 last year.

Experts calculated the car was going at least 65mph when it failed to negotiate a bend at Lamb Lane, Firbeck, near Rotherham.

Cape, of Nursery Road, North Anston, admitted death by careless driving but was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Cape suffered a traumatic brain injury, lost two toes and broken ankle and collar bone.

Independent accident investigator Peter Deeley said potholes ‘may have been a contributory factor’.

But the judge said he was satisfied the crash was due to Cape ‘showing off’ to Mr Bingley, of Carlton-in-Lindrick.

Mr Bingley’s father Terence said: “It has totally ruined my life in every way.”