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Pair jailed over Salford A580 car racing deaths

Steven Ward and Carl Wood Image copyright Police handout
Image caption Police said the pair "would have to live with the considerable guilt of this tragic incident"

A pair of drivers who killed two people in a crash while involved in a "pathetic game of one-upmanship" have been jailed for nine years.

Steven Ward and Carl Wood were racing Audis along the A580 in Salford on 22 June when Ward hit a Vauxhall Corsa.

The crash killed the car's driver Aaron Jones and passenger Amy Hobson.

Ward, 26, of South Avenue, Swinton and Wood, 27, of St James Street, Farnworth admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Manchester Crown Court.

The pair were also disqualified from driving for nine years and Wood was given an extended licence of five years.

Greater Manchester Police said Wood's Audi RS3 and Ward's Audi S3 were involved in a "high speed game of cat and mouse", driving at speeds of up to 70mph (110km/h).

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Image caption Mr Jones died at the scene, while Ms Hobson died later in hospital

Mr Jones, 19, and Ms Hobson, 22, were on the opposite carriageway in the Corsa, a spokesman said.

Mr Jones turned right into Barton Road, at which point Ward's car crashed into him.

The 19-year-old driver died at the scene, while his 22-year-old passenger, who was a mother-of-one, was taken to hospital. She also later died.

PC Neil Pennington said their lives had been "snuffed out in the blink of an eye by the arrogant stupidity of Ward and Wood".

"Such was their delight in their pathetic game of one-upmanship they were paying no attention whatsoever to other road users."

He said the pair would "have to live with the considerable guilt of this tragic incident for the rest of their lives".

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