A MOTORIST who killed his best friend when he lost control of his uninsured car and smashed into a telegraph pole has been jailed for careless driving.
Ali Waqar of Oakwood Grove, Broom, Rotherham, was 18 when the high speed crash happened on Wickersley Road, Rotherham.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Waqar, now 19, was driving an Audi A3 TDi without insurance towards Rotherham, at speeds of up to 60mph when the car left the road, struck a telegraph pole and came to rest upside down on top of wall.
Rear seat passenger Rahim Ahmed, 18, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Rotherham Hospital where he died from his injuries.
The court was told Waqar, who was wearing a seat belt, received only minor injuries.
Waqar pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
Judge Michael Murphy QC sent Waqar to a young offenders institution for 12 months and disqualified him from driving for three years.
He also ordered the teenager to sit an extended driving test before he regains his license.
Jailing him Judge Murphy told Waqar: “You were not insured. The young man was a close friend regarded by you as a relative.
“You never intended anything like this to happen but it happened and you must pay the consequences.”