Dangerous driver's sentence 'does not reflect' family loss

Christopher Ramsdale Image copyright Family Collect
Image caption The family of Christopher Ramsdale said Taylor's actions were "unforgivable and reckless"

The family of a man killed in a car crash have said the eight-year sentence handed to the driver who caused it "does not reflect the loss" they feel.

Christopher Ramsdale, 28, died after Michael Taylor's car hit his own on Droylsden's Greenside Road in October.

Taylor, 26, of Heather Avenue, Droylsden, admitted causing death by dangerous driving at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Mr Ramsdale's family said his "reckless act" had left them devastated.

Greater Manchester Police said Taylor's car crashed into Mr Ramsdale's vehicle just before 02:30 BST on 1 October.

The 26-year-old ran away from the scene, but was later arrested.

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Image caption Michael Taylor admitted causing death by dangerous driving

Mr Ramsdale was taken to hospital, but died of his injuries.

At court, Taylor also admitted assault and criminal damage.

Speaking after sentencing, PC Neil Pennington said he hoped the conviction would give Mr Ramsdale's family "the justice they deserve".

However, in a statement, Mr Ramsdale's family said the sentence handed down "does not reflect the loss that our family will have to suffer for the rest of our lives".

"We as a family are devastated beyond belief with the loss of our Chris. The pain of never seeing him again is heartbreaking."

In October, changes were made to the law so that drivers who kill someone in the most serious cases of dangerous and careless driving could face life sentences.

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