A JUDGE branded a motorist a coward as he jailed him over the crash in which a mum of two from Rotherham died.
Deryon King (24), of Bennett Street, Kimberworth, was locked up for 16 months at Sheffield Crown Court today after admitting causing the death of 24-year-old Megan Borrrows by careless or inconsiderate driving
Megan (below) died after the car being driven by King — who fled the scene of the smash — crashed in Kimberworth Road on June 8, 2017.
King also admitted causing death by driving a vehicle without insurance or a licence.
Judge Jeremy Richardson said King’s driving had been “deplorable” and after the collision he had behaved “as only a coward would”.
He told King: “You ran off, leaving that young woman for dead.
“Thereafter, when the police spoke with you, you lied. It’s plain to me you were quite an accomplished liar.
“You are now, I accept, full of remorse.
“Nothing I say, nor the sentence I pass upon you can ever place any form of value on the life of the deceased young woman.”
Talented Rawmarsh dancer Megan had two daughters, Rhia and Keira, and was described by a friend as “the life and soul of the party”.
The court heard King had known her through a friend.
King was driving a Rover MG ZS with friends Joshua Faley in the front and Megan and Joe Marsh in the back when it smashed into parked cars and other materials at the roadside.
Mr Richard Thyne, prosecuting, told an earlier hearing that following the crash, Mr Marsh had been heard to say: “We’ve got to get out, it’s serious”, before King replied: “Come on. Let’s go” — and they had both fled the scene.
King, who had no previous convictions later sent a text reading: “I think I killed my friends.”
The judge said it had been impossible to assess precisely how fast King had been driving, but if he had been driving at the 30mph speed limit the collision wouldn’t have occurred, adding: “Even if it had, it would not have occurred in the devastating way that it eventuated.”
The court heard King, who moved to Rotherham to care for his mother, later admitted to drink-driving but due to the delay in getting him to custody it had been impossible to calculate how much he had consumed.
Mitigating, Mr Sukhdev Garcha, said since the fatal crash, King had not driven, had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and was “genuinely remorseful”.
Judge Richardson sentenced King to 16 months in prison for causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving and nine months to run concurrent for causing death by driving a vehicle without insurance or a licence.
He was also given an extended driving ban of five years and eight months.
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