Coventry & Warwickshire

'Car race' pair jailed for girl's Coventry crash death

Reece Jones (left) and Sean Sparkes (right) Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Reece Jones (l) was sentenced to eight years and nine months while Sean Sparkes was jailed for six years and six months at Warwick Crown Court

Two men have been jailed for their involvement in a crash that killed a teenage girl near Coventry.

Reece Jones and Sean Sparkes were street racing at 70mph when Sparkes's car hit a silver Mercedes containing 16-year-old Lucy Commins, police said.

The crash happened in Ansty Road, Walsgrave on Sowe, in February.

Jones, 24, was sentenced to eight years and nine months while Sparkes, 33, was jailed for six years and six months at Warwick Crown Court.

'Broken family'

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Lucy Commins, 16, was killed in the crash in February

Both men had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.

West Midlands Police said Jones, of Attoxhall Road, Coventry, was disqualified from driving when the crash happened.

The force said he managed to avoid direct contact with the Mercedes but drove away from the scene dangerously, injuring another passenger in the Mercedes.

Jones admitted perverting the course of justice by hiding the Ford Fiesta he had been driving and changing its appearance to avoid prosecution.

Sparkes, of Nuneaton Road, Bulkington, admitted perverting the course of justice by deleting mobile phone contents linking him to Jones, and causing serious injury to a passenger in the Mercedes, West Midlands Police said.

A tribute to Lucy from her relatives said she was a very happy, caring girl who loved life and enjoyed spending time with friends and family.

"The whole family is broken and we will never be the same again," it said.

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