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Urmston man jailed for killing Stretford pal by reckless driving
AN Urmston man who drove recklessly while drunk, causing the death of his friend, has been jailed.
Liam Colin Creathorne, 24, of Cheriton Road, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving whilst unfit through drink at a previous hearing.
He was sentenced to seven years in prison at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on October 21.
He was also disqualified from driving for seven years.
Creathorne had been out in Urmston with his friend John Hodson, 27, who was from Stretford, on October 27 last year.
At around 10.45pm, Creathorne was seen by two witnesses driving his Vauxhall Corsa on Chassen Road, towards Flixton, at speeds of up to 50mph –almost twice the speed limit.
As the car approached a bend in the road, Creathorne lost control, causing it to spin, mount the pavement and crash into a tree.
The car went into the tree on the passenger side, where John was sitting.
Both men were taken to hospital, John suffering an unsurvivable head injury, from which he died the following morning.
Insp Matt Bailey-Smith said: "First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of John Hodson, who were left devastated by this tragedy a year ago.
"Creathorne should never have been behind the wheel of that car that night. Not only that, he then went onto drive in such a reckless manner that in that moment the lives of both men were at risk.
"Today, Creathorne has rightly been jailed for what he has done but he will have to live with what he has done to his friend for the rest of his life.
"Creathorne has been given a very lengthy jail sentence and I hope this acts as a powerful deterrent to anyone who thinks about getting behind the wheel of a car while drunk.
“To do so puts the lives of innocent people at risk and in tragic circumstances like these, robs families of their loved ones.
“If you do, you could find yourself behind bars for a long time and just as importantly living with the guilt of killing someone for the rest of your life."
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