Death crash man has unfair plea dismissed at hearing

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A RACING driver who caused the death of a teenager when he overtook three cars on a road near Thame has had his appeal thrown out.

A RACING driver who caused the death of a teenager when he overtook three cars on a road near Thame has had his appeal thrown out.

Sammy Edwards, 27, was sentenced to five years in jail last September for causing the death of Greg Stiles, 18, of Thame, by dangerous driving, on May 17, 2009.

Edwards’ claims that his defence was unfairly prejudiced were dismissed by three judges, sitting at London’s Court of Appeal.

The former racing driver forced the Ford Fiesta driven by Mr Stiles, to swerve and crash when he overtook three cars in his BMW on the Risborough Road. The teenager was killed instantly in the crash and his girlfriend, Abi Dowdy, was left in a coma.

At first Edwards, of Aylesbury, said he was not driving at the time but later changed his account to say he was driving but was not in charge of the vehicle which caused the accident.