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'Callous' driver jailed for killing young mum

A SPEEDING motorist who ploughed into a tree killing a young Sheffield mum then fled in an act of "wicked callous irresponsibility" has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Kelly Louise Bannister, aged 22, from Norton Lees, died after Lynden Forrester's VW Golf careered on to the wrong side of the road then smashed into a tree at 64mph on Abbey Lane in Beauchief.

Just three months earlier Forrester, 29, of no fixed address, who has never held a driving licence, was released from jail early where he was serving a two year term for burglary.

Today Kelly's devastated dad Lawrence Bannister, 51, said: "For me the sentence is irrelevant - my family faces a life sentence without my daughter and nothing can change that."

Mr Bannister's voice cracked as he thanked his family and friends for supporting him and his wife Karen through their ordeal and helping them and Kelly's partner Nathan to bring up her four-year-old daughter Kady.

Sheffield Crown Court heard Kelly and pals Hollie Atkin Daley and James Howard were on a night out at Takapuna on West Street when they were introduced to Forrester and his friends Scott West and Errol Donaldson by Mr Howard.

Andrew Hatton, prosecuting, said Donaldson offered them a lift home in a hired VW Golf and the car was travelling along Abbey Lane when Forrester lost control.

It spun on to the wrong side of the carriageway, smashed into a tree, then flew into the air throwing Hollie and Errol on to the road before hitting a second tree.

Kelly, who was found entangled in the seat belt in the back of the car, died instantly after suffering multiple injuries and severe trauma which broke her skull. Hollie and Errol suffered serious multiple injuries but survived.

Mr Hatton said 16-year-old Dominic Rayner, of Abbey Lane, was playing computer games with his friends at 1.50am on August 29 last year when he heard a noise 'like a jet fighter'.

He told police: "It sounded like a car was maxing out."

Dominic told police Forrester and Mr West 'sounded drunk'. He said they'd tried to wake up Errol, who was lying in the road, then ran off up the hill.

Forrester, who was eventually arrested in November, admitted causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, failing to report an accident, having no driving licence and no insurance. He also admitted burgling a house in Derby while on the run from police and handling stolen goods.

The court heard he had criminal convictions for motoring offences, burglaries and handling stolen goods dating back to 1996.

Ian Goldsack, defending Forrester, said he couldn't remember anything about the smash but took full responsibility for it.

Jailing him for seven and a half years, Judge Graham Robinson said: "Your disregard for the road traffic laws aggravates this offence.

"The cause was excessive speed. This was seriously bad and irresponsible driving.

"The outcome was tragedy - the death of a young woman of 22 and a family left behind that will never be the same again.

"It was not a consequence you intended but it was a consequence that you brought about.

In addition to the death of Kelly you left two other passengers lying in the road grievously injured. You walked away from the scene in an act of wicked callous irresponsibility. No sentence can undo what has been done and no sentence is ever intended to put a value on the life lost."

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