Young men racing on icy road who killed mother-of-two are locked up

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TWO men have been locked up after their car race along a West Yorkshire road ended in the death of a young mum-of-two.

Emily Phillips, 25, died at the scene after speeding driver Paul Hemmingway, then 19, lost control of his newly-bought £5,000 Seat Leon FR and skidded into the family car being driven by her partner Paul Smith.

Ms Phillips’s two young children, aged seven and four, were in the Vauxhall Astra, near their home in Boothtown, Halifax.

Hemmingway, now 20, was sentenced to six and a half years in a young offenders’ institution after Bradford Crown Court he had been racing along the A647 Boothtown Road with uninsured and unlicensed Mark Collins, who was driving a Mercedes CLK Coupe, bought that day for just £500.

Hemmingway, who has been living at Mill Lane, Leeds, and Collins, 26, of Hillcrest Road, Queensbury, both admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

Collins, who also admitted an unrelated offence of burglary at a Co-op in Huddersfield, was jailed for four and a half years with an extra year for the break-in.

The two men, who each had passengers in their car, began racing at about 3.30pm on January 13, overtaking one another in icy conditions on the two and a quarter miles to the crash scene,.

Witnesses estimated they were doing double the 30mph limit.

Hemmingway remained at the scene and was arrested while Collins drove away but handed himself in to the police the next day.

Both men were banned from driving for 10 years.