Teen jailed for crash which killed friend

A teenager from Cheshire has been jailed for 3 years after a car crash which killed her friend.

19 year old Amy Saulino pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Chester Crown Court following the crash near Kelsall back in March..

Alice Worthington was a passenger in the Mini and died from her injuries.

Amy will spend three years in a young offenders institute and banned for driving for five years.

The family of Alice Worthington have released the following statement;

"Losing Alice has absolutely devastated our family and friends. She was a very special person who touched the hearts of so many aorund her. Our lives are so empty and it is very hard to go on. We just have to take one day at a time, we will never be the same again. The last seven months have been an extremely difficult time and no outcome today can ever bring Alice back. We would like to thank our Police Liaison Officer Nick Anderton, for his incredible help and support together with the Crown Prosecution Service."

Sergeant Rachel Gallagher said:

"We hope that todays sentencing will help bring about a degree of closure for Alice's family who have been devastated by the loss of a vibrant, young life. It is vital that young, inexperienced drivers take responsibility and think about how the manner of their driving can affect their lives - and the impact on the lives of others. Young drivers can be distracted by other passengers, may be encouraged to take risks, or drive at excess speed and fail to take into account weather conditions. It is important that those teenagers who get behind a wheel are responsible and aware of the dangers and consequences associated with irresponsible and dangerous driving"

Lee Murphy of the Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership said:

"Learning to drive is one of the most challenging experiences for both young road users and parents. Sadly, the statistics show that they are more likely to be involved in a collision than experienced road users. We would encourage young and newly qualified drivers and their parents to look at the Going Solo website, www.goingsolouk.com which provides a range of resources and information as drivers make the transition from learning to drive with a supervisor to solo driving. Additionally, there are free awareness evenings for new drivers and parents running throughout Cheshire, details of which can be found at www.mysaferroads.org.uk"