Driver Samuel Myatt jailed over pal Scott Fairlie's death in A522 crash
OUT-OF-CONTROL driver Samuel Myatt killed his best friend after recklessly overtaking on a notorious blind bend and smashing his car into a tree.
Front-seat passenger Scott Fairlie, of Weston Road, Weston Coyney, died from multiple injuries after Myatt lost control of his Ford Fiesta.
The 20-year-old had been tailgating another motorist for two miles along the A522 towards Cheadle when he tried to overtake on the blind bend.
But Myatt left the road after almost crashing into an oncoming car in November last year.
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Now Myatt, of Leek Road, Weston Coyney, has been jailed for 40 months after admitting causing death by dangerous driving.
Stafford Crown Court heard how 19-year-old Scott's parents, David and Gillian, and brother Lee had been left devastated.
In a statement, Mrs Fairlie said: "To say we are devastated and heartbroken is an understatement. We will never be a happy family again. We have lost a treasured son and Lee has lost his only brother."
The court heard how motorist Liam Slaney was tailgated by Myatt until they came to a 'bad' S-bend with double white lines at Kingsley Moor.
Mr Slaney described hearing Myatt's engine revving and saw him overtake.
Mr Slaney later told police: "He floored the accelerator. I have never seen anyone try this before and was shocked and surprised and astounded to see it."
Oncoming driver Ashley Shaw managed to avoid a head-on collision as Myatt crashed off the road and hit the tree.
The court heard how Myatt had never been in trouble before and held a responsible job.
Joanne Wallbanks, defending, said: "This was out of character. It resulted in the death of his friend. His biggest punishment is having it on his conscience for the rest of his life."
Myatt was also banned from driving for five years by the court.
Judge Mark Eades told him: "Scott was your friend, he had his whole life in front of him and as a result of your actions he has lost his life and his family and friends have got to live with that loss. The scars will last forever.
"You were driving on a road you knew well, you knew where the double white lines were, but you continued to tailgate. You persisted over a two-mile distance.
"You were egging the other driver on, a deliberate act to provoke a reaction. He didn't respond, so you chose to overtake. The position was highly dangerous, on an S-bend.
"This was a wholly avoidable accident caused by your impetuous driving."
Former Moorside High School pupil Scott also attended Weston Coyney Infants School and Weston Coyney Junior School.
Following yesterday's sentence, Sergeant Ian Tanner said: "We hope the sentence brings some closure for Scott's family and friends, who have endured an extremely difficult 12 months. Myatt was responsible for the death of a young man whose life has been cut tragically short.
"It is vital that all motorists follow the rules of the road."