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Reece Webster jailed for Samuel Garner hit-and-run death crash

Samuel Garner Image copyright Leicestershire Police
Image caption Samuel Garner was struck down by a stolen car while crossing a street in Leicester

A teenager who killed a boy in a hit-and-run crash while driving a stolen car has been jailed for eight years.

Samuel Garner, 17, had gone out to celebrate a friend's 18th birthday when he was struck down by the BMW in Leicester.

Reece Webster, 19, admitted causing death by dangerous driving. In addition to the prison term he was also banned from driving for 10 years.

Mr Garner's family said the length of Webster's sentence was "an insult".

'Loss and pain'

Leicester Crown Court heard the defendant had been seeing driving "erratically" before he ploughed into a group of youngsters on the evening of 1 May.

He had been driving through the city at speeds in excess of 80mph (129kph), East Midlands Police said.

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Image caption Reece Webster was sentenced to eight years in prison

Mr Garner died at the scene. His friend suffered minor injuries.

Webster, who had 14 previous convictions, fled the crash site and was arrested five days later.

He admitted driving while disqualified, failing to stop after a road accident, having no insurance, handling stolen goods and possession of cannabis.

Mr Garner's family said after sentencing: "Samuel was our only son and there are no words to describe the loss and pain we feel. We miss [him] every moment of every day.

"He was such a kind, loving and thoughtful young man who enjoyed life. He was confident gentle and had such a remarkable sense of humour.

"He had so much to look forward to and this has now been taken away."

Image caption Floral tributes were laid at the scene of the crash

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