Suffolk

Two guilty of crash girl's death on A14 in Suffolk

Perri Daniel and Gavin Sahota
Image caption Perri Daniel and Gavin Sahota appeared before Ipswich Crown Court

A man and a woman have been convicted of causing the death of 16-year-old girl by dangerous driving in Suffolk.

Sian Ryan, of Alan Road, Ipswich, died in the crash on the A14 in Nacton on 17 August, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

She was a passenger in a car driven by Perri Daniel, 20, of Upper Cavendish Street, Ipswich.

It collided with a car driven by Gavin Sahota, 19, of Stewart Young Grove, Kesgrave, then hit a road sign. Both had denied the charge.

Sentencing was adjourned for reports.

Chrissie Ryan, the mother of Sian, paid tribute to her daughter - who was a goalkeeper at the Girl's Centre of Excellence at Ipswich Town Football Club.

"Losing a child, our baby, has been the most traumatic thing in our lives," she said.

"We have those wonderful memories of her and we will talk about her forever."

Sian's father Mike Ryan added: "I just really hope that the message is learned, certainly by the defendants, but by all young people that when they get behind the wheel, cars are cars, but they also can be deadly weapons."

Andrew Fossey of Suffolk Police said: "It was totally needless. A tragic loss of someone who was a very promising, lively girl who had a future ahead of her."

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