A teenager has been sentenced for causing the death of two women by dangerous driving.
Michael Gilligan, of Nantwich Road, Wimboldsley, was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
He was also disqualified from driving for a period of 7 years and was ordered to take an extended re-test.
The 19-year-old was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on Wednesday (19 February) after having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing.
The incident took place late on Tuesday 18 June 2013.
The victims − Christine Coates, aged 75 years, and Barbara Lea, aged 79 − were travelling together in a Honda Jazz along the A533 Booth Lane at Moston heading towards Sandbach.
Gilligan was driving a black Vauxhall Astra and was shown to be on the wrong side of the road as he entered a bend colliding with their car.
At the time he was travelling at over 50 mph.
Sergeant Andy Dennison said:
“This case highlights the devastation that is caused when people take risks when driving. Driving a motor vehicle is a privilege not a right and it comes with great responsibility to act within the rules laid down when you pass your test.
When you deliberately ignore those rules you put yourself and other people at great risk as can be seen in this terrible collision.
Our thoughts remain with the families of both victims who have been left devastated by this tragic incident.”
The families of both victims were both in court for the hearing − they were supported by family liaison officers from Cheshire Police.
The families issued a joint statement following the sentencing:
There are no winners in this case, only losers.
Both families have lost our mothers and grandmothers in the most tragic yet preventable circumstances while Michael Gilligan (a young man) has lost a significant proportion of his life as he begins his lengthy prison sentence.
Both of these wonderful ladies are irreplaceable to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, taken from us in an instant.
No sentence will reflect the pain and devastation felt by both families.
Not one day passes where we don′t think of this collision, which sadly took the lives of two ladies who were enjoying their retirement that they had worked so hard for.
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