The driver and front-seat passenger of a car that ploughed into a quad bike while racing at 140mph killing four young people have each been jailed for nine years.
A judge heard how the four young people who died – Ryan Beal, 20, Brandon Brown, 20, Alexandra Binns, 18, and Terrie Kirby, 16 – were out celebrating Ms Kirby’s birthday when the quad bike they were riding on was hit by a Nissan 350Z travelling in the same direction.
The driver of the Nissan, Daniel Raynor, 24, and his front-seat passenger, Matthew Todd, 22, each admitted four charges of causing death by dangerous driving and were jailed on Friday by Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, West Yorkshire police confirmed.
The pair were among 12 people sentenced in connection with the fatal collision on 27 September 2015 on the A6201 between Upton and Hemsworth in west Yorkshire.
Raynor also admitted two offences of dangerous driving and was disqualified from driving for 15 years. Ten other people were sentenced after they were convicted of encouraging the dangerous driving that night.
Judge Marson heard how two groups of people had travelled from Wakefield and Barnsley to use the stretch of road for racing as spectators watched from the sides of the road and a railway bridge.
Analysis of the Nissan’s satnav showed it was doing 140mph at the time of the impact with the quad bike, which was not connected with the group, and had reached 144mph on previous runs along the single carriageway road.
A number of motorists in the area that night described frightening scenes of cars apparently racing at high speed.
At a previous trial involving some of the defendants, prosecutor Kama Melly QC told the jury that one witness said “that the scene was something like out of the film The Fast and the Furious”.
DI Richard Holmes said: “For so many young lives to be lost in a single incident was truly shocking and it is no exaggeration to say that police officers who dealt with this case have been seriously affected by what they saw and experienced.”
The officer said: “Driving at this speed, on a 60mph road, was an act of utter stupidity and extreme recklessness which frankly beggars belief. Raynor posed a massive danger to anyone else he came into contact with on that road and tragically, when he did, the consequences of his actions were devastating.”
In a joint statement, the families of those who died said: “We lost sons and daughters just entering the prime of their lives. We lost the chance of seeing the people they would have grown into, and the family lives they could have had.
“The pain of that loss may lessen but it will never go away, and our families will always be left with the knowledge they will never again be whole.”
West Yorkshire police said the others sentenced on Friday for encouraging dangerous driving were: Clark Henfrey, 20, from Barnsley, who was sentenced to 46 weeks’ detention at a young offenders’ institution after pleading guilty; Stephen Hebden, 23, from Barnsley, sentenced to 12 months in prison after being found guilty; Mark Mason, 24, from Barnsley, sentenced to 46 weeks in custody after pleading guilty; Jack Dickinson Ellis, 20, from Barnsley, sentenced to 46 weeks in a young offender’s institute after pleading guilty; Jake Hackleton, 25, of Barnsley, sentenced to 46 weeks in prison after pleading guilty; Nathan Jackson, 21, from Barnsley, sentenced to 12 months in prison after being found guilty; Jason Ogilvie, 28, from Wakefield, sentenced to 42 weeks in prison after pleading guilty; Jacob Ward, 23, from Barnsley, sentenced to 46 weeks in prison after pleading guilty; Andrew Kirkwood, 33, from Dewsbury, sentenced to 42 weeks in prison after pleading guilty; Gemma Layton, 28, from Leeds, sentenced to 42 weeks in prison after pleading guilty.