A North-east teenager who caused his friend’s death by driving dangerously on a country road has been locked up for two years.
Adam Youngson, 18, caused the death of William Sangster, 19, when his vehicle struck a tree in Mintlaw, on November 29 2014.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard how moments before the incident, another car being driven by Scott Neil, 19, came close to the back of Youngson’s red Ford Fiesta.
Youngson reacted by accelerating away from Neil’s car. However, Neil then broke the speed limit to keep up with Youngson, who had passed his driving test four months earlier.
But Youngson – who ignored his passengers requests for him to drive carefully – lost control of his vehicle, causing it to leave the road.
Mr Sangster, of Auchnagatt, was a back seat passenger in Mr Youngson’s car and he died at the scene.
Mr Sangster’s sister, Nicole, was also present in the car at the time of the incident.
Today, judge Lady Wolffe ordered Youngson to serve a period of detention. She also banned him from driving for six years.
Neil was ordered to perform 150 hours community service. He was also banned from driving from 18 months.
She imposed the sentences after hearing how Youngson had recently lost his mother and suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, which had been caused by the collision.
Lady Wolffe said: “This is a sad and difficult case. You will both have to carry the burden of your actions for the rest of your lives.”
Youngson’s defence counsel, Shahid Latif, told the court that his client was truly sorry for what he had done.
Neil’s defence counsel Gavin Anderson told the court that his client also regretted his involvement. He added: “He has learned a very important lesson.”