Man who killed two teenagers in Sheffield crash jailed for nine years

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A 34-year-old man has been jailed for nine years for causing the deaths of two teenagers in a Sheffield car crash.

Jason Maher was driving along Blackburn Road in Ecclesfield at about 1am in December 2014 when he collided with a Peugeuot 206 containing five young passengers.

Tributes left at the scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road

Tributes left at the scene of the fatal car crash at Blackburn Road

Two 19-year-old men, Liam Parkin, from Sheffield, and Joshua Fothergill, from Rotherham, were passengers in the Peugeot and died at the scene.

Three other men travelling in the Peugeot, a 24-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 21-year-old man, all from Rotherham, were seriously injured and taken to hospital for treatment.

Maher was driving his Vauxhall Astra down the centre of the road at the time of the smash, when the Peugeot was travelling around a set of road works.

The judge at Sheffield Crown Court said Maher was ‘95 per cent to blame’ for the collision. Maher admitted two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, causing serious injury by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

The driver of the Peugeot, Kieron Wilders, aged 18, of Beauchamp Road, Kimberworth, admitted two counts of causing death by careless driving, and was disqualified from driving for a year, and was sentenced to 150 hours community service.

Investigating officer PC Andrew Brown said: “The court heard that the judge deemed Maher to be 95 per cent to blame for the crash which is why he has been handed nine years behind bars.

“The actions of Maher and Wilders have resulted in the loss of two much-loved young men who had their whole lives ahead of them.

“No prison sentence will ever compensate for this loss and our sincere condolences go to the families of both 19-year-old men.

“This has been a long and detailed investigation and I am pleased that both Maher and Wilders have admitted their part in this tragedy.

“This case highlights the devastating consequences of irresponsible driving and I urge people to think about their actions when behind the wheel to prevent any other families suffering in this way.”

Maher, of Ashover Road, Newcastle, also admitted failing to stop after a road accident, using a motor vehicle without third party insurance and being a driver involved in a road accident and failing to report an accident.

On release from prison, he will be disqualified from driving for nine years and will have to take an extended test. Wilders will also have to take an extended test following his disqualification.