Nottingham

Stolen car crashed and killed driver's best friend

Jake Fretwell
Image caption Jake Fretwell drove the car which crashed and killed his friend

A Nottingham man has been jailed for causing the death of his friend after the stolen car he was driving crashed.

Jake Fretwell, 19, of Edern Gardens, Top Valley, was sentenced to four and a half years after he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

His best friend Kyle Dooley, 18, also of Top Valley, was a passenger in the stolen car which crashed in Papplewick on 9 May last year.

Kyle's mother welcomed the sentence handed out at Nottingham Crown Court.

Police bravery

Zoe Dooley said: "Everyone who knew Kyle loved him, and his death has left us devastated.

"Jake Fretwell and Kyle were friends and although we cannot entirely blame Jake for everything that happened on that night, he was the one who was behind the wheel of the car.

"Jake has admitted that he drove so dangerously on that night and that was the cause of Kyle's death, and Jake has to pay for that by serving a prison sentence.

"We are having to live our lives without our beloved Kyle, but we do at least have wonderful memories of his time with us."

Image caption Kyle Dooley's family said they were devastated

Fretwell had been driving the Vauxhall Vectra at high speed along Forest Lane when he lost control of the car and it left the road.

Two police officers who pulled the men from the car were commended by the judge for their bravery.

The car was not being pursued by police when it crashed.

Fretwell, who was banned from driving for five years, was also sentenced to four months for receiving a stolen bronze bell which was taken from St Philip's Church, in Top Valley, on 26 April last year.

The sentences will run concurrently.

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