Driver Lewis Farlow jailed after killing pal in crash a week after passing test
A Deal teenager who crashed his car killing one of his best
friends has been given a six-month sentence in a young offender’s
Earlier on the night of the fatal crash Lewis Farlow, 18, had
been “bravado” driving – showing off to three teenage pals who were
in his red Ford Fiesta.
Farlow, of The Maltings, Walmer had admitted that his careless
driving had caused the death of school pal Joshua Hibbert, 17
Judge Michael O’Sullivan told him: “You will have to live with
the dreadful consequences of your driving for the rest of your
“It must not be forgotten, either, that the family of Joshua
Hibbert have to live with these consequences too and the loss of
their son. Their grief is beyond measure.”
Canterbury Crown Court heard how the teenager – who had only
passed his driving test a week earlier – had been out with three
pals on the A258 when he found himself behind a slow moving
He turned off the road onto a short-cut to St Margaret’s At
Cliffe hoping to rejoin the A258 ahead of the lorry.
Flowers left at the scene
of the crash
Minutes later his car, carrying three school friends, Joshua,
Guy Austin and George Holmes failed to take a bend on the Dover
Road in the dark.
"You will have to live with the dreadful consequences of your driving for the rest of your life" – Judge Michael O'Sullivan
The Fiesta clipped
the verge before “rotating in a clockwise” direction – rolling over
and landing in a field. Joshua, who had not been wearing a seat
belt, died from his injuries at the scene.
Judge O’Sullivan told Farlow: “I have no doubt you were
travelling too fast round that corner. You were not an experienced
driver. You lost control because you were driving too fast.”
Farlow, who didn’t give evidence at an earlier hearing, claimed
he couldn’t remember the crash – and had to be treated for a head
injury – and the judge said he accepted his memory loss was
He was also banned from driving for four years and told he
cannot drive again until he has taken an enhanced test.
Josh's uncle Paul Mirams said after the hearing: "We are pleased
and relieved that the agonising and protracted legal process has
finally come to an end. It is just one small step in the healing
process - but an important one for the family during which we have
finally heard the whole truth."
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