A ‘remorseless’ driver who sped down roads at more than 100mph while racing another motorist before crashing and causing the death of his passenger has been jailed.
Alan Singleton tore along the A18 near Crowie in East Yorkshire before reaching a roundabout and driving in the wrong direction.
The 41-year-old then lost control of his vehicle, racing off the carriage way and crashing into a ditch – resulting in the death of his friend, Paul Needham, at the scene.
Singleton, of Bootham Crescent, Stainforth, appeared at Hull Crown Court where he admitted to causing death by dangerous driving, Hull Live reports.
Nigel Clive, prosecuting, told the court that on July 21, 2020, at 11.30pm, Singleton was in a Subaru Forrester car speeding at 105mph.
Witnesses saw another vehicle closely behind his, traveling as closely together as possible.
Singleton approached the roundabout at 90mph and drove in the opposite direction of the flow of traffic, which made for a shorter distance to the other side.
Mr Clive added it was likely he did this to win the race.
Vehicles entering the roundabout from Scunthorpe had a blind entry into the roundabout.
“Any vehicles entering would have had no advanced view of Singleton’s car,” Mr Clive said.
“The defendant was gambling with other road users.”
Singleton lost control of his vehicle while driving on a grass patch, but made no efforts to stop or brake.
His car struck a kerb and hit a lamppost before crashing into a ditch and coming to an abrupt halt.
Witnesses called emergency services and Singleton initially lied that he was ran off the road by another vehicle that hit the rear of his car.
Paul Needham, who was 22 at the time, died at the scene.
In a statement read in court, Paul’s partner, Rebecca, said his death had greatly impacted her and her children. The two had a young daughter who was born a few months before Paul’s death.
She added: “She will never get to meet her daddy.”
Helen Chapman, mitigating, told the court Singleton was remorseful about what happened.
“He has lost a close friend and has to live with that every day,” she added.
Singleton refused to name the other driver involved in the race.
Judge John Thackray QC told Singleton: “I don’t accept that you are remorseful as you were seriously considering removing your guilty plea and refused to name the other guilty party.
“Your first instinct was to lie that you were ran off the road.
“This offense is aggravated because you were driving at grossly excessive speeds, you were racing and you chose to go the wrong way.
“You could have easily ended other lives, it was luck that there were no other cars coming the other way.”
Considering the fact that Singleton was on a suspended sentence when the offense took place, Judge Thackray sentenced him to seven and a half years in prison.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.