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Teenager Arthur Berry jailed over Capel crash death

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Image caption Arthur Berry pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for five years after causing the death of a teenage girl in a two-car crash.

Charlotte Lajoie, 17, from Epsom, died in the collision on the A24 in Capel, Surrey, on 26 April last year. Two other people were seriously injured.

Arthur Berry admitted causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Guildford Crown Court.

Berry, from Findon, West Sussex, was banned from driving for five years.

At the hearing on Friday, following his change of plea, the teenager, of Stable Lane, was also sentenced to three years each for the two offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, to run concurrently with the five-year term.

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Image caption The crash happened on the A24 near Clark's Green roundabout

The collision between Berry's Seat Ibiza and a Ford Fiesta left him with serious chest and back injuries.

Surrey Police said he lost control of the vehicle as he travelled northbound on the Horsham Road between the Clark's Green roundabout and the Kingsfold railway bridge.

Ms Lajoie was a passenger in the back of the Seat and died at the scene.

A second female passenger, who was also 17, suffered serious life changing injuries.

The 28-year-old female driver of the Ford Fiesta suffered serious injuries.

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