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17 September 2016, 11:22
Two teenagers who crashed while racing their cars along the A27 near Worthing have been banned from driving for five years
Police have released pictures of the aftermath of the crash that ended with one of their cars being wrapped around a lamp-post.
Officers said it was a "miracle'' no-one was killed after Louis Greco and Jake Hedges, both 19, met up to race their cars, which resulted in three teenagers suffering life-changing injuries.
As the pair pursued each other, Hedges swerved his Peugeot 106 across Greco's path to stop him overtaking in his blue Peugeot 206 on the A27 Arundel Road in Durrington.
But the manoeuvre caused Greco to lose control of his car and send it careering into a lamp-post, seriously injuring himself and two of his three passengers on February 21.
As Greco and Hedges were sentenced after admitting causing serious injury by dangerous driving, Sussex Police released pictures of Greco's wrecked car wrapped around a lamp-post.
Pc Christina Lane, of Sussex Police, said: "Three young men - Greco and two of his passengers, both aged 18 - sustained life-changing injuries as a result of this collision and it is nothing short of a miracle that no-one was killed.
"Not only have Greco and Hedges wrecked the lives of the passengers of their cars, but their own futures, too, through their immature and irresponsible attitude towards driving.''
At Lewes Crown Court, cashier Greco, of Wallace Road, Littlehampton, and Hedges were given two years' jail, suspended for two years, and five-year driving bans. They were also ordered to pay £500 costs.
In addition, computer industry worker Hedges, of Arundel Road, Worthing, was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.