Teenager cleared of causing fatal crash

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A TEENAGE motorist who drove dangerously moments before his three friends were killed in a horror smash has walked free from court.

Teenagers Jonathan Scott, Robert Tepper and Lauren Birkett all died when the Vauxhall Corsa crashed into a VW Golf on Adwick Road, Mexborough, in December 2010.

Daniel Cotton, of Harlington Road, Mexborough, who was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra just ahead of them, was cleared of causing the accident.

He also denied dangerous driving, but was found guilty after it was decided he had been speeding and driving too close to the trio’s car and to another vehicle in the moments leading up to the crash.

Sentencing Cotton, aged 19, at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court, district judge Jonathan Bennett said: “The defendant was speeding. I cannot be certain by how much. However, he was close to the vehicle in front.

“He was driving in a way that fell far below what would be expected of a competent and careful driver.”

Judge Bennett ruled Cotton played no part in the collision but was guilty of driving dangerously earlier in Adwick Road.

He ordered Cotton to complete 200 hours’ unpaid work and banned him from driving for 15 months. He was also told to pay £600 costs.