A man who sped "like a racing driver" through Torquay with his new girlfriend in the car has been banned from driving for causing her horrific head injuries in a crash. Jake Madelin drove at up to 60mph before losing control on a\nbend and hitting a tree and a wall on 28 February 2017. Back seat passenger, 18-year-old Serena Gardner, had to be cut free from the wreckage and suffered brain injuries comparable to a serious stroke. Exeter Crown Court heard car owner, Samuel Pallett, was also a passenger. He and Serena pleaded with Madelin to slow down in the seconds before\nthe crash. Judge David Evans ruled he was probably showing off to Serena,\nwho he had started going out with a few weeks earlier. Madelin, 22, of Babbacombe Road, Torquay, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years. He was ordered to do 240 hours unpaid community work, receive ten days supervision, and banned from driving for three years The court heard Madelin was "truly remorseful" and had been visiting Serena to help with her rehabilitation. She has returned to college but still suffers problems with balance.