It has been reported that a driver who left 2 boys for dead and 2 others with life-changing injuries, was seen doing wheel spins and handbrake turns just days before the horrific accident.
The driver, Thomas McMeekin,who was 21 at the time of the accident, picked up 4 passengers in his car on March 7th last year.
His 4 passengers were aged between 14 and 15 years.
He had only taken delivery of his Peugeot 206 cars come 5 days earlier.
As a result of what was described as “aggressive” driving, McMeekin lost control of his car and collided with a tree.
2 of his passengers, George Wharton and Rhys Baker, died as a result of their injuries from the accident.
Both boys were 14 years of age.
The remaining passengers suffered horrendous injuries with a 14-year-old boy being paralysed from the waist down and a 15-year-old boy suffering skull and brain injuries.
McMeekin himself is now also confined to a wheelchair.
McMeekin appeared at Leeds Crown Court and pleaded guilty to 2 counts of causing death by dangerous driving and 2 counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The court heard that McMeekin would regularly drive teens around Leeds.
“This was a regular occurrence,” the court heard from one witness.
Seemingly, McMeekin would hire out his driving young people around almost like a taxi service.
One witness told the court that he would give McMeekin money for petrol whereafter, “he used to drive us around for hours…we just used to do it when we were bored.”
The court also heard from one witness who regularly saw McMeekin doing handbrake turns, speeding around corners, endangering pedestrians and driving so badly that the witness called the police twice.
On the run up to the accident, McMeekin was seen to be tailgating other road users and driving over the cross hatch sections of the road.
In the moments before the crash, McMeekin was seen to be speaking to a passenger in the car and not at the road. It was at this point that he looked up and had to avoid a car in front of him.
He was travelling at 63mph, overcorrected his evasive driving manoeuvre and then careered off the road and into a tree.
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