Picture: Jake Burmingham
A teenager who killed his friend while speeding in a pickup truck has been jailed for four years.
Kieran Simpson, 18, of Gladwyn Road, Rainham, was jailed on Friday (16th March) by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court.
He was sentenced to four years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of causing death by dangerous driving after his friend died in a collision on the A2 on London Road in Newington.
The court heard how Simpson had been driving at more than twice the speed limit on Thursday 18th May 2017 when his white Mitsubishi L200 truck lost control and collided with a parked vehicle and a brick wall near to the junction of Playstool Road.
The collision happened at around 10pm and a 17-year-old boy, Jack Burmingham who was a passenger in the vehicle, died at the scene. Two other passengers and Simpson were injured and were taken to hospital following the collision.
Simpson had been out socialising with friends before the collision and had the truck for around six weeks.
Investigators estimate that he had been travelling at around 70mph in poor weather conditions and on a road which had a speed limit of 30mph when he lost control of the car after driving into a patch of deep water.
Officers from Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit investigated the incident and Simpson was charged by postal charge on the morning on Thursday 9th November 2017.
As well as the sentence, of which Simpson will serve half of before being released on licence, he was also banned from driving for five-and-a-half-years and will need to take an extended driving test before being allowed back on the road.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable David Holmes of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, told SFM News "This was a tragic incident which could have been wholly avoided if Simpson had stuck to the speed limit and taken care while driving. Simpson showed a remarkable lack of judgement that night and was not a competent driver to control his vehicle resulting in the loss of another person's life. Simpson's family, as well as the victim's family have suffered because of his actions and although he did not set out that night to cause any harm his recklessness did just that. A vehicle is a powerful machine and drivers need to remember their responsibilities when they get behind a vehicle."