Car crash teen is spared jail

A teenager who caused the death of his brother and best friend during a collision near Ashover has been spared jail.

Chesterfield magistrates heard, how Kieran John Chapman, 18, was driving along Birkin Lane near the junction with the A632 Matlock Road, at Kelstedge, when it was in a collision with a Vauxhall Corsa. Chapman’s passengers, including brother Liam Chapman and best friend Connor Short, both died following the collision.

Chapman pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by driving without due care and attention. The court sentenced him to 16 weeks of custody suspended for 12 months and 100 hours of unpaid work on the grounds he is of good character.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and disqualified from driving for two years. Tributes flooded in following the collision in September.last year, for Connor, 16, of Uppertown, Ashover, and Liam, 16, of Clay Cross.