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Teenage driver sentenced over causing friend's death in A950 crash

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Image caption Adam Youngson admitted the crime

A teenage driver whose dangerous driving caused his friend's death has been sentenced to two years in custody.

William Sangster, 19, from Auchnagatt in Aberdeenshire, died after the crash on the A950 New Pitsligo to Mintlaw road in November 2014.

Adam Youngson, 18, of Mintlaw, admitted causing the death of Mr Sangster, a back seat passenger in his car.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, Judge Lady Wolffe also banned Youngson from driving for six years.

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Image caption William Sangster - pictured with his brother Lewis - died as a result of the crash

Co-accused Scott Neil, of Stuartfield, admitted driving another car at excessive and inappropriate speeds.

He was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service, and was banned from driving from 18 months.

Lady Wolffe said: "This is a sad and difficult case. You will both have to carry the burden of your actions for the rest of your lives."

The court heard that moments before Youngson's car hit a tree, the car being driven by Neil came close to the back of Youngson's red Ford Fiesta.

Youngson reacted by accelerating away from Neil's car.

'Important lesson'

However, Neil then broke the speed limit to keep up with Youngson.

Youngson - who ignored requests from his passengers to drive more carefully - lost control of his vehicle, causing it to leave the road.

Firefighters had to cut Mr Sangster free, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Youngson's defence counsel Shahid Latif told the court that his client was truly sorry for what he had done.

Neil's defence counsel Gavin Anderson told the court that his client also regretted his involvement.

He added: "He has learned a very important lesson."

Mr Sangster's family previously described him as a "larger than life character" and said he would be "sorely missed."

Image caption The crash happened in the Mintlaw area

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