‘Show-off’ Audi racers are jailed for killing couple
TWO arrogant and reckless ‘ show-off’ motorists have been jailed after racing at speeds of more than 80mph before smashing into a car killing a young couple.
Aaron Jones, 19, and his girlfriend Amy Hobson, 22, died after the smash on the A580 East Lancashire Road, in Swinton, in June.
Steven Ward, 26, of South Avenue, Swinton, and Carl Wood, 27, of St James Street, in Farnworth, Bolton, were driving ‘aggressively and com- petitively’ against each other before the crash.
They were ‘ overtaking and undertaking’ other cars at high speed and ‘racing red lights’, Manchester Crown Court was told. Ward was driving an Audi S3 and Wood an Audi RS3. Both cars passed through three junctions from where the East Lancs Road meets the M60 before the fatal smash at the junction with Barton Road.
One witness said she saw one of the cars ‘spinning its wheels’ as it accelerated away from traffic lights.
She told police in a statement: “It was all so pointless and so prevent- able. Both drivers were racing... it felt like they were competing against each other.”
Another witness said the speed of one Audi as it passed made her car ‘rock’.
A third said both Audis were ‘going for every possible gap’ and playing ‘cat and mouse’ with each other as they manoeuvred for position and weaved in and out of Sunday traffic at more than twice the 40mph speed limit.
Aaron and Amy, who both worked at McDonalds in Pendlebury, were returning home from a day trip to Southport.
Aaron was driving his Vauxhall Corsa when it was struck by the Audi S3 Ward was driving. Aaron was turning right onto Barton Road. Ward’s car then struck the Audi RS3 and passers-by rushed to help.
Aaron died at the scene and Amy died in hospital.
She leaves a three-yearold son, Alfie.
Judge Michael Henshall said Aaron could do nothing to avoid the smash.
Both Ward and Wood pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
Ward, who has a previous conviction for stealing a car, was jailed for nine years.
Wood, twice convicted previously for dangerous driving and drink-driving, was also jailed for nine years with a further period of five years on licence. It means he will serve a minimum of six years behind bars. Both men were disqualified from driving for nine years.
Steven Ward, left, and Carl Wood were both jailed over the smash