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Thursday, May 28, 2015
Teen driver bragged about driving at 142mph on Snapchat - then killed motorist in 80mph crash the next day
Addil Haroon, 19, was driving the £20,000 Audi A6 hire car when he smashed into another Audi being driven by Joseph Brown-Lartey in Rochdale - he has now been jailed for six years
A teenage driver who bragged about speeding at 142mph in a high-powered sports car ploughed through a red light and killed another motorist the next day.
Addil Haroon, 19, was driving the £20,000 Audi A6 hire car at 80mph when he smashed into another Audi being driven by Joseph Brown-Lartey at the junction of Bury Road and Sandy Lane, in Rochdale on November 9 last year.
Mr Brown-Lartey died instantly from multiple injuries following the impact, which was so severe that his vehicle split into two parts.
Police officers who attended the scene said it was the worst crash they had ever seen on an urban street.
Manchester Crown Court at Minshull Street was told Haroon - who only had a provisional licence - tried to flee the scene in a taxi after the smash. He was today jailed for six years.
He repeatedly denied to police that he was at the wheel - even though he boasted to friends in text messages that he expected to serve only one year behind bars.
Haroon also bragged in another message: “I was unlucky with those lights.”
But friends who were with him the vehicle, which was leading a convoy of two other cars, told police he was the driver. Officers also found his DNA on the airbag.
The court was told Haroon had also taken a picture on his mobile phone the previous night while racing on the M62 at 142mph.
He told friend in a Snapchat message attached to the picture: “Leeds to Rochdale in 11 minutes. Catch me.”
Lisa Boocock, prosecuting, said: “The Crown say this is evidence of Mr Haroon’s attitude to the rules of the road and to his safety and the safety of others.”
She said the drivers in the convoy on the night of the crash were ‘showing off’ their cars and their driving.
The white Audi was hired using another man’s driving licence, which was reported stolen.
Haroon, of Essex Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, driving while unlicenced and driving while uninsured at an earlier hearing.
The court heard he had been drinking but was below the drink-drive limit when he caused the crash in a 30mph zone.
Ian Brown-Lartey, Mr Brown-Lartey’s father, read a statement in court that said his son, who worked in marketing, was ‘always smiling’ and could ‘light up any room’.
Haroon told Mr Brown-Lartey’s family in a letter read out in court: “I’m deeply sorry for the pain I have caused. I’m not worthy of your forgiveness.”
The court heard Haroon was studying for an NVQ in car repairs.
Judge Timothy Mort jailed Haroon for six years. He will serve half his sentence at a young offenders’ institute before being released on licence.
Judge Mort, sentencing, told Haroon: “Nothing I can say in my sentencing remarks can come close to dealing with the appalling loss felt by Mr Brown-Lartey’s family and close friends.”
He said Haroon’s ‘mad’ decision to take a photo while driving at 142mph showed his ‘mindset’ towards driving.
He said: “You clearly thought you were invincible.”
He added: “Your life is on hold, but you’re position at least does have the certainty that you can pick up the threads again.
“That is not something the family will be able to do.”